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Don't send us to bench – Mourinho

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho thinks it would be wrong of football's authorities to banish managers to the dugout following Newcastle manager Alan Pardew's technical area headbutt on Hull midfielder David Meyler.

Pardew (right) has requested a personal hearing, expected to take place next week, after admitting to a Football Association misconduct charge after last week's incident, which prompted calls for technical areas to be scrapped.

Mourinho, who spoke to Pardew in the immediate aftermath of the incident, is no stranger to technical area fracas and once poked Barcelona assistant boss Tito Vilanova in the eye while manager of Real Madrid.

The Portuguese is animated in instructing his troops from the touchline, sometimes overstepping the white line onto the pitch.

Earlier this season following a last-gasp win over Manchester City at Stamford Bridge, he ran behind the away dugout to celebrate with his son. His son's seat has since been moved to behind the home dugout.

Mourinho, whose side host Tottenham in the Premier League, said: "I spoke with Alan a couple of hours after the incident and he knows he made a mistake and he knows he has to pay for the mistake with some punishment.

"The biggest punishment is you to recognise yourself that you made a mistake.

"Alan will have the economical punishment, the suspension from the dugout, plus the self-blame of the mistake he made. I think he has a big punishment with all of these things together.

"I prefer to stay with a good friend and with a great guy, than to stay with a mistake."

Mourinho does not believe the use of technical areas should be reviewed.

"I don't think it's needed and I never had a problem to share a short space with other managers," the Chelsea boss added. "I think the manager should have that freedom to come out and to speak with the players and to walk in the technical area.

"I think the problem is the human nature and the human nature is open to mistakes.

"I made mistakes in technical areas too. I paid for the mistake, I was suspended for the mistake. And every one of us can make mistakes."


Mourinho is sure to be roving the technical area during this evening's London derby, where a win would take the Blues seven points clear at the top of the Premier League.

Arsenal and Manchester City are in FA Cup action this weekend, while second-placed Liverpool play Manchester United Sunday week.

Mourinho does not consider the table to be accurate, as City will have three games in hand come Saturday evening.

He added: "When some teams have more matches than other teams, the situation is not real. I don't look to the table. I just look to the game."

Mourinho will look to extend his unbeaten Premier League home record to 75 games against Tottenham, who have not won at Stamford Bridge in 24 years, since February 1990 when Gary Lineker scored the winner.

"Maybe (it is) a coincidence because Tottenham are always a good team," Mourinho said.

"I don't remember in my previous years having an easy match against Tottenham.

"We want to try to win and I believe they want to try the same. We want our top-four position safe."

Ashley Cole is unavailable after suffering a knee ligament injury in training on Thursday, a day after playing 45 minutes for England.

David Luiz (groin) is among a number of undisclosed players whose fitness could see them ruled out.