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Carry On Whinging

6 years ago

Newcastle once again bested Jose Mourinho and the boys from the Bridge on Saturday afternoon.

Our record is now 3 for 3 from their last few visits up North. Another rearguard performance which saw us under the cosh for long periods but ultimately triumph by brave defence. And we needed to be brave today.

Beating the so called ‘top clubs’ is almost as good as a win against your closest rivals. But as ever, for me at least, the true entertainment comes after the game: The post-match interview.

Is there anything more entertaining than watching a grown man sulk in front of a camera?

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As we know from putting up with Pardew, arrogant egotists don’t know the meaning of the phrase ‘take it on the chin’.

So Mourinho claimed:

  1. Only one team wanted to win.
  2. The home fans wasted time.
  3. Chelsea were unlucky.
  4. The referee got it right.

(You can watch the BBC interview here)

So let’s break this down:

“Only one team played to win”

Translation –‘Newcastle refused to play into our hands. They sat back and counter-attacked us and it was effective, again’. ( This has essentially been Jose Mourinho’s go-to tactic, since forever.)

“The home fans wasted time”

Yeah Jose, I agree. Football should be played with integrity. How much time did your players waste by refusing to get on with the game in the closing stages and instead whinging to the referee?

“Chelsea were unlucky”

Agreed. And we were lucky. That’s football. But as we all know, managers have to blame someone/something other than themselves. God forbid they subject themselves to a little introspection!

“The officials got it right”

Annoyingly, they probably did for the most part. As bad as Atkinson’s performance may have seemed, they probably got most of their decisions right. In fact, referees actually get around 92% of major decisions right.

Those 6 minutes everyone was so upset about being added on?

Well, for a goal or substitution 30 seconds are added. There were 5 subs and 3 goals in the second half. That’s at least 4 minutes. So can a case be made for any other stoppages? Probably. Injuries, bookings etc can easily top that up to 6 minutes.

The funny thing is, Mourinho also claims he lost the way he prefers to lose: without trying to blame the referee. Just go on youtube and type in the words ‘referee’ and ‘Mourinho’ and see what comes up. Hypocrisy much?

Carry on whinging, Jose. You always make me laugh.

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