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‘If Mourinho was made of chocolate he’d eat himself’ – Docherty

first_imgTommy DochertyLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Former Manchester United manager Tommy Docherty has poked fun at Jose Mourinho’s ego by claiming the Old Trafford boss would eat himself if he was made of chocolate.Docherty knows what it takes to succeed at United after spending five years in charge in the 1970s and he doesn’t believe Mourinho has the right stuff to thrive in Manchester.Mourinho won the League Cup and Europa League with United last season and his side are currently second in the Premier League and in the FA Cup semi-finals.But the former Chelsea and Real Madrid boss has been criticised for his side’s style of play and for his treatment of certain players.Docherty is convinced Mourinho doesn’t help himself with an arrogant attitude, telling BBC Radio 5 Live’s Sportsweek programme: “If he was made of chocolate he would eat himself.“You can’t argue with his record but I think he goes over the score with his criticism of players. “He has bought those players and then he is criticising them afterwards.“I would be amazed if he lasts any length of time at Manchester United. I don’t think the board will put up with his antics.”Docherty, who was speaking in an interview to mark his 90th birthday later this month, led United to promotion from the second tier in 1975 and won the FA Cup in 1977.In another dig at Mourinho, he said he prefers to watch Manchester City, who can secure the Premier League title with victory over United in next weekend’s derby.“I don’t watch them a lot because I watch Manchester City a lot – because they are great to watch. They play football the way I like to play it,” he said.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Referees gear up for the championship season

first_img ‘I need a ruling!’ That’s a common cry at golf championships everywhere – and England Golf’s referees are ready to respond.As the playing season gets underway, 50 of the country’s leading referees have been attending an England Golf seminar to sharpen their skills and update them on championship policy for 2016.It’s the first time the seminar has taken place and the two-day event at Woodhall Spa – the home of England Golf – included practical sessions, a refresher on changes to the rules, an introduction to the new pace of play policy and the R&A’s Level 3 exam.“We’ve been delighted by the response of the referees and the number who have attended the seminar,” said Toby Thorne, England Golf’s Deputy Championship Director. “It’s a great opportunity to get together at the start of the season and ensure a consistent approach throughout all our events.”Feedback on England Golf championships frequently focusses on pace of play issues and this season there will be positive action to keep play moving smoothly and more quickly.Toby Thorne said: “We will be taking a proactive stance, with positive action to speed up the pace of play and keep the field flowing. While we don’t want to start penalising players it is more likely that we will see players on the clock.“This is a big step forward and keeps us in line with other golfing bodies and with the R&A’s new policy.”A new refereeing system, with each championship team led by a Tournament Director, will co-ordinate the policy and ensure consistency at all England golf events.The seminar also focussed on rules changes introduced this year, including one which affects players signing for a wrong score in stroke play (Rule 6-6d); the anchoring of clubs which will affect players using long-handled putters (Rule 14-1); and the use of artificial devices (Rule 14-3).It also looked at relief from ‘temporary immovable obstructions’ such as on-course scoreboards, which has become increasing relevant with the growing use of branding at championships.The referees were asked to sit the R&A Level 3 exam if they had not taken it in the last four years. This will support England Golf’s decision to introduce The R&A Rules Education Programme in 2016, offering the opportunity to graduate through three tiers of Rules tutoring and learning. “We would like to be able to use our referees as tutors but they have to be R&A qualified,” explained Toby.Click here to find out more about England Golf’s championship conditions, including the pace of play policyClick here to find out more about the Rules on the R&A website(Image © Leaderboard Photography) 24 Mar 2016 Referees gear up for the championship season last_img read more