BubblyMickey isn’t quite sure why anyone would want to be a gracious loser.
There is no doubt Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger is a bad loser after nearly unleashing what we can only assume was unimaginably devastating Kung Fu onto an unsuspecting Alan Pardew, but what the heck is wrong with that?
Two other bad losers are Sir Alex Ferguson – who famously blamed Manchester United loss to Southampton on his teams grey kits – and Jose Mourinho, currently kicking up a stink over Graham Poll’s refereeing during Chelsea’s loss to Spurs, in addition to continuing to moan about any call that either has or has not gone his way in the past 10 years. And the height of the bogs at White Hart Lane.
Is it just co-incidence that Wenger, Fergie and Jose are the Premiership’s three most successful managers? Of course not. If you are driven, if you want perfection, if you expect your players to perform and to win then you are not going to take it lightly when things don’t go your way – especially if there is a hint of it not being your fault. Ian Walker was constantly slated by Tottenham supporters for grinning like an idiot everytime he conceded a goal and for a manager to graciously accept defeat regardless of the circumstances is essentially the same offense.
As the saying goes: “Show me a good loser, and I’ll show you a loser.”