Thursday 14 December 2017

Rules don't back Jose Mourinho over Everton row over press briefing

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho

There is no rule in place that demands that the away manager should be the first to speak to the media after a Premier League fixture.

Jose Mourinho, whose Chelsea team lost 3-1 at Everton on Saturday, expressed his unhappiness with opposite number Roberto Martinez when the Spaniard was the first to do so despite Mourinho's eagerness, following defeat, to leave Goodison Park and return to London as soon as possible.

"Roberto, Roberto, next time tell me to go before you because we have to travel," Mourinho said to Martinez while the Everton manager was undertaking his media commitments.

Martinez replied: "I don't control that, Jose. I don't control that."

It is alleged that Mourinho swore in response.

The Premier League rulebook, however, shows that the only existing requirements are that a post-match press conference must take place, and that each club must ensure that their manager attends, not the order in which they do so.

Mourinho was accompanied by Chelsea's head of communications and public affairs Steve Atkins into the press conference.

As Mourinho (pictured)sat down to speak to press, Atkins first said a few words to reporters.

He said: ''Okay, if we could get going quickly that would be great. It is only going to be about five minutes long.

''We had to wait for the home manager to go first and all the players are on the bus, so we are going to be quick.''


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