The wild jubilation of Chelsea assistant coach Marco Ianni after their late equalizer against Manchester United was ‘absolutely ridiculous’, according to former Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew.
Maurizio Sarri’s second ran past the Manchester United bench in wild jubilation after Ross Barkley struck home in the 96th minute to secure the Blue’s a 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge, that incited a vociferous reaction from Mourinho, who attempt to pursue Marco Ianni down the tunnel before being controlled.
However, Pardew who has been involved in a few touchlines brawl – was critical of the Chelsea coach’s behaviour but is glad he apologised after the game and said it was Ianni who step on the wrong pedal.
“This guy – the second coach or whoever he is – his first action is unacceptable and the second action is also doubly unacceptable,” Pardew told Goal.com
The man of the match is that steward stopping Jose. If you’re going to be a top manager of any sort, you’ve got to have fire in your belly and if you haven’t, then don’t do the job.
“I’m glad he apologised and I’m glad Jose accepted his apology. In Jose’s situation with the pressure he is under, that is the last thing he wanted. He’ll be worried this morning about who people will blame and you can go in that kind of circle. It’s not nice.”
Meanwhile, some irate Chelsea fans took a jibe at their former manager, with Jose Mourinho swiftly reminding them of the three Premier League titles he won for the ungrateful fans at Stamford Bridge.
Speaking about the chants: “That shows where we are as a society a bit – the cabbage is thrown at Steve Bruce when he left Aston Villa and stuff like that – it’s unsavoury really.
“What he [Mourinho] did at that football club was phenomenal. I went there many times as an opposing manager just to watch and admire how good those Chelsea teams were under Jose.
“And he reminded them – ‘three championships I won here, give me a bit of respect‘. Of course, respect in the game – particularly when the fans have had a few beers – is not easy to get.”