Hackett reveals Mourinho smashed iPad into ground as he hits out at Tottenham boss antics against Villa
Keith Hackett has ripped into Jose Mourinho for his touchline antics in the Tottenham win against Aston Villa on Sunday.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-head of the Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL) revealed he found the Portuguese a “nightmare” to deal with.
Mourinho was seen leaving his technical area to give instructions to his players in Spurs’ 2-0 win over Aston Villa.
He then left the area entirely before the first-half finished as he headed towards the tunnel with the game still going on.
On the FA’s website, Law 1 states those in the technical area “must behave in a responsible manner and must remain within its confines except in special circumstances.”
Asked for his assessment of Mourinho’s touchline behaviour, Hackett told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley: “When he was at Chelsea he was a nightmare.
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“On one occasion I can remember, when I was the boss at the PGMOL, he was unhappy with the referee’s decision and he grabbed hold of somebody’s iPad and smashed into the ground and into smithereens as a public display against the referee’s decision.
“It’s about maturity, they need to calm down.
“Sometimes they get frustrated and often I’ve said to fourth officials ‘Don’t get involved, let them exhaust their frustration and then at a point calmly ask them to just move back.’
“It’s much better now than it used to be, to be honest.”
Mourinho is under pressure at Tottenham after they crashed out of the Europa League on Thursday night.
Sunday’s win means they now sit sixth in the table, three points behind fourth-place Chelsea.