Mind games from Reebok Stadium coach?
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Bolton manager Owen Coyle has compiled a DVD of what he believes are refereeing mistakes in the Premier League this season.
Gary Cahill was surprisingly booked by match official Mark Clattenburg during Saturday’s late defeat at Tottenham, despite what appeared to be a trip from Steven Pienaar.
Coyle was less than impressed with the decision, especially when he was not allowed to speak to Clattenburg, and he has sent a DVD to referees’ chief Mike Riley.
“I’ve already handed in a DVD,” said the Bolton boss in the Daily Mail. “I think in October we were at 14 major incidents. God knows where we are now.
“Where will it (the DVD) go? Probably in the same place the last one went.”
But Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp does not want a copy of Coyle’s DVD as he believes it will not necessarily make any impact.
Redknapp: “I won’t be buying it. Loads of managers keep moaning. One or two might get decisions because refs are scared of their managers though.”
SOURCE: Press Association
Owen Coyle is treading a fine line here.
It is one thing highlighting mistakes, but quite another if he begins to suggest that there is a conspiracy against his team.
Surely every team has erroneous decisions against them.
On Saturday, Arsenal were mightily unlucky to see a penalty awarded against them when Newcastle defender Mike Williamson went down after an aerial challenge, while on Sunday Chelsea were unfortunate not to be given a spot kick against Liverpool after Glen Johnson’s late shove on Branislav Ivanovic.
That is to name but two.
Will they be releasing DVDs?
I wouldn’t have thought so.
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