Keith Hackett has hit back at some of Jose Mourinho’s final comments as Tottenham boss following his side’s 2-2 draw with Everton.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-FIFA and Premier League referee delivered his verdict after the Portuguese’s analysis of the use of VAR in the draw at Goodison Park.
His side were on the wrong end of a penalty decision when Sergio Reguilon came together with James Rodriguez just inside the penalty area.
It was far from a clear-cut decision but there was little protest from the Tottenham players.
Speaking after the game, Mourinho suggested his players were well behaved because VAR will not overturn the on-field decision of the referee.
It comes just a week after Tottenham’s 3-1 loss to Manchester United when there was a high-profile case of a referee who changed his mind after pressure from players.
Edinson Cavani had a goal chalked off early on when Heung-min Son stayed down after a challenge in the build-up to the goal.
The referee reviewed the incident on the pitchside monitor and awarded Tottenham a free-kick after enormous pressure from the Spurs squad.
“Mourinho’s got a short memory,” Hackett told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.
“In footballer’s and manager’s eyes they are working busily. They lose track of dates and time so that’s gone. They park that game and take it out of their mind.
“They start planning for the next one immediately.
“I think it was an inconsistent comment, wasn’t it.”
Mourinho’s post-match press conference at Goodison Park turned out to be one of his final acts as Spurs boss.
He left the club on Monday morning just days before their Carabao Cup final against Manchester City.