FA needs bigger stand against Chelsea boss
NO WAY Jose. This time you have gone too far.
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has always been a polarising figure since his arrival in the English Premier League in 2002 after managing Portuguese side Porto.
The self-anointed "special one" was seen to be the person to take on the establishment of managers such as Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger, and a lot of the time he won those battles.
But now Mourinho is special no more.
In fact, he is just boring, rude, disrespectful and seems to have no regard for the powers that be.
He can't have, otherwise why would he risk another fine and possible suspension for being sent to the stands at half-time during his team's latest EPL defeat by West Ham.
Mourinho was given his marching orders by referee Jon Moss after approaching the official in the tunnel after a disputed offside goal was disallowed, and Nemanja Matic had been sent off just before the break.
He spent the rest of the match in the directors' box, and he and the club face another raft of disciplinary charges.
This is not the first time this season that Mourinho has been in trouble with the English Football Association.
First he was fined $106,000 for criticising the referee after losing to Southampton, then he accused the referee of being "weak and naive" in his team's 0-0 draw with Dynamo Kiev in the Champions League last week.
And, of course, there is his ongoing spat with Arsenal boss Wenger, which has threatened to get physical a number of times down the years.
Now, I am all for managers and coaches being passionate, but behaving like a pork chop like Mourinho does is just beyond the pale and something has to be done about it.
And it is not just the manager who is behaving badly at Chelsea.
His poor attitude towards officialdom is growing like a cancer at the club.
In the 2-1 loss West Ham - Chelsea's fifth league defeat this season - assistant coach Silvino Louro was also dismissed for berating the officials for Matic's sending off.
The club will also face an automatic FA fine for its players receiving seven yellow cards in the game.
Chelsea will also be fined by the Premier League after Mourinho failed to fulfil post-match media requirements.
What more does he have to do to have the book thrown at him?
Fining Mourinho seems to be no deterrent - and why would it when his annual salary is approaching $A20 million.
Maybe the FA should take the step of banning him from not just the touchline, but the ground.
Perhaps then he might learn a lesson.