Top rugby union referee Nigel Owens, who is one of the 12 chosen officials for the 2015 Rugby World Cup, has described the behaviour of football managers as ‘unacceptable’, and has said that he would ‘love’ to deal with such coaches as Chelsea‘s Jose Mourinho.
What with his constant ‘poor me’ attitude and sideline antics, Mourinho has earned a reputation as a troublemaker in the dugout.
And Owens believes that football managers get off way too lightly and would be dealt with ‘firmly’ in rugby.
Speaking to the Radio Times, Owens said: “If you had coaches in rugby having a go at referees like Jose Mourinho and some others do, they’d be dealt with more firmly,” as quoted by the Daily Express.
“I’d love to give refereeing football a go. I’m afraid they’d be down to five-a-side before half-time. It’s unacceptable behaviour.”
Mourinho was recently in the headlines for a foul-mouthed rant aimed at Everton boss Roberto Martinez after the Toffees thrashed his side 3-1 at Goodison Park.
The Portuguese was furious with Martinez for doing his post-match interview first, which delayed the Blues’ journey back to west London [via the Daily Mirror].