Manchester united boss José Mourinho has been given a one match touchline ban after being sent to the stands for the third time this season. This occasion he angrily kicked a bottle in response to one of his stars receiving a yellow card for a diving. Though it appears that the player did actually dive, the decision was sufficient enough to upset the temperamental manager.
The enigmatic manager is no stranger to disciplinary issues and this is the third incident in the rolling 12 month period, this period can be used the football association to extend any potential ban. The first incident was still in his Chelsea days.
The manager has been under extreme pressure as his charges haven’t fired to the much expected level that many expect. Mourinho’s glittering career combined with the extreme cost of his players make the pressure of the hot seat extreme.
It’s this pressure that’s cost his two predecessors their job at the club. Louis Van Gaal’s tenure was marred by chronic underperformance and his own erratic behaviour. Also the last few months of his reign were marred by constant media speculation of his future, and the now proven true rumours were that he was to be replaced by Mourinho.
Before him there was the chronic underperformance that punctuated the short reign of David Moyes. The current Sunderland boss, was legendary Manchester united manager Sir Alex Ferguson’s pick to replace him after his retirement. This reign was also punctuated with poor performances on the pitch and a struggle to acquire quality players in the transfer window.
It seems that the hot seat at Old Trafford is an extremely difficult throne to sit on for long periods of time. Many feel that long term, Mourinho will be the man to take the club back to its heights. But many will be worried by his outbursts. Also his lack of ability to regain the players commitment at the end of his reign as Chelsea boss. This will create wonder as to whether the so called “special one” may have lost his spark of magic. That spark has helped to create a glittering management career that has literally been littered with success and trophies everywhere he’s managed.
It remains to be seen as to whether Mourinho can hold it together, and also as to whether the football association will use Mourinho as an example when it comes to any potential extension of the automatic ban he will receive.
Joseph is a 34 year old freelance writer from London. He has a wide interest in politics and specialises in the subject. He's also a blog writer in his spare time.