Ian Holloway's brilliant take on Jose Mourinho touchline ban

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Jose Mourinho has made the task of rejuvenating his Manchester United team a whole lot more difficult after yet again landing himself in hot water with the FA.

The Portuguese boss kicked a water bottle in anger during the Red Devils’ 1-1 draw with West Ham at Old Trafford on Sunday, potentially resulting in a two-game ban for improper conduct.

Mourinho could be forgiven for feeling frustrated as his United outfit continue to drop points despite having dominated many their opponents in recent fixtures.


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An inability to put away the Hammers proved to tip the 53-year-old over the edge and evoke the kind of behaviour for which he is so often criticised.

But, even apart from the United faithful, not everyone is relishing the prospect of Mourinho being forced to take a seat in the stands.

One of the Old Trafford boss’ peers – Queens Park Rangers manager Ian Holloway – has gone as far as to sympathise with him.

When asked about his thoughts on the scenario, the Championship boss gave a brilliant response and something of an insight into the emotional experience of manning the dugout.

He said: “We should be able to control ourselves, but I’m sorry, it’s your life, it’s your world. You become that score, you become everything there and you care for your players.


“I know you need to be disciplined and you need to lead by example, but come on. Did it hit anybody in the face? It’s not a karate kick over a fence or anything, is it? It’s a water bottle.

“I’ve always been told by any psychiatrist ever you talk to, any doctor you ever talk to, you’ve got to let your steam off somehow – and then you’re back.

“The ones who internalise are dangerous to themselves. So I’d rather see him do whatever he feels to get that out and get his little face smiling again, because I’ve got the utmost respect for him.

“What he’s done in the game, absolutely incredible – where he’s done it, how he’s been. Do you want me to bow? Because he deserves that, and unfortunately football, media, no one sees that, no one gives you that,” Holloway continues.

“No one respects Wayne Rooney like they should, no one, for what he’s done. Unfortunately, it’s all the wrong things sometimes.

“I have the utmost respect for the man, what an absolute genius he is and has been.

“Oh I’m so sorry – he’s kicked a bottle. That’s how I feel.”

As divisive a character as Mourinho may be, it is clear his managerial achievements hold in a high regard amongst his peers.

Whether or not the United boss deserves to be punished for his actions, it is difficult to describe Holloway’s take on the incident as anything but well said.

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