Bradford boss explains handshake snub after huge FA Cup upset.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho was snubbed for a handshake with Bradford City manager Phil Parkinson shortly before the end of yesterday’s game as the visiting boss did not want to tempt fate, according to the Daily Mail.
Mourinho is well know for his mind games and antics on the touchline, and one of his recent habits has involved shaking hands with opposition managers and leaving the pitch before a match has finished.
With Chelsea 4-2 down with just a few minutes to go on Saturday, the Portuguese coach clearly felt his side’s hopes were over, and he went to congratulate his opposite number.
However, Parkinson was not keen to shake hands until the game had ended, as he admits he felt that just one goal in the closing stages could make for a very nervy finish for his players, given the calibre of the opposition they were up against on the day.
“He [Mourinho] came over to shake hands but at that point there was still three-and-a-half minutes left and I wasn’t getting drawn into that,” Parkinson said afterwards.
“You know that if Chelsea got one [goal] back even at that late stage, and with their world class players on the pitch, they could easily have got a second [goal] so we wanted to concentrate on what we had to do and see the game through.
“He came in the dressing room afterwards [though] and shook everyone’s hands – crediting the lads for their performances, which I thought was a real touch of class.”
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