Friday 23 February 2018

John Giles: I've a simple solution to end these handshake controversies - a bit of carpentry and common sense

Stoke manager Mark Hughes and Manchester United manager. Photo by Alex Morton/Getty Images
Stoke manager Mark Hughes and Manchester United manager. Photo by Alex Morton/Getty Images
John Giles

John Giles

BACK in my day, the chance of two managers meeting in mortal combat at the side of the pitch was non-existent.

For a start, managers sat in the stands and the backroom staff behind both teams sat in dugouts which were separated by a good deal more distance than there are now.

I was thinking about that while Mark Hughes and Jose Mourinho exchanged pleasantries at the Britannia Stadium and it struck me that a bit of carpentry and common sense would sort out the problem for good.

In short, move the dugouts. Put the visiting team on the far side of the pitch. In terms of the row between Hughes and Mourinho, I’m with the Stoke boss.

Mourinho encroached into his area and Hughes has no reason to be nice to him.

After the game, Mourinho’s face was a picture of petulance when he claimed that United were the only team playing football which was patently untrue. He’s had a go at Stoke in these terms before.

It’s deeply ironic that Mourinho should take this stance given the fact that his most important player since he arrived at Old Trafford has been Marouane Fellaini and that he used the long ball more than any other team at the top of the table last season.

He’ll do it again this season if he has to.

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