Started by Dinny Breen, November 10, 2006, 09:10:06 AM
QuoteSULKING Arsene Wenger has cancelled his usual Friday Press conference — for the first time in 10 years.The Gunners boss is still refusing to talk after being charged with improper conduct by the FA.Wenger stormed away from Upton Park without comment after his touchline bust-up with West Ham's Alan Pardew during the 1-0 defeat. He also failed to speak to the media after the 1-0 Carling Cup win at Everton on Wednesday.Now the moaning monsieur has extended his vow of silence and is not even talking to the club's official website.Today's boycott will be the first time since Wenger took charge at Arsenal in 1996 he has not spoken before a big home match.And club officials cannot guarantee their manager will speak after Sunday's clash with Liverpool at the Emirates Stadium.As Wenger's lips remained sealed, it was left to Fulham's Chris Coleman and Watford's Aidy Boothroyd to jump to the defence of feuding bosses.Coleman insisted the FA must be careful not to take the passion out of football.He said: "Fans want their managers to show passion."It would be impossible for me not to celebrate a goal. I've found myself standing three yards on to the pitch after we have scored and could not even tell you how I got there."What we saw at West Ham was a manager who was under pressure and another who was disappointed that a couple of decisions didn't go his way. It was understandable."Coleman said that Manchester United chief Alex Ferguson was the one boss he would not like to upset.He said: "The hardest manager in the Premiership? There is only one hard man — and he's a Scot."Boothroyd believes the FA should stop wasting money charging bosses and use it where it matters.He said: "They should spend more time on the grassroots and educating coaches — and stop messing about with small things."
QuoteThere were no problems with Mr Wenger and the players because the problem didn't involve the players. But the situation left us scared. We know the manager and we know that he is very polite and calm. Something very bad had happened to make him react like he did. After the game, Mr Wenger didn't talk to anyone. As it wasn't a problem involving the players, he decided not to discuss it with us."I have seen it on TV many times, and when West Ham scored Pardew came to our bench to celebrate, but in an offensive way. That made Wenger react how he did, and that is why he had to talk to Pardew about that celebration."He was p***ed off about the way he celebrated and, as i said, that was the reason he reacted that way. As I saw it on TV, Pardew said some words that he, as a manager, should have thought about before saying. He should have showed a little more respect. Of course, he could celebrate the goal, but not in the offensive way he did. That is what made Mr Wenger react."
Quote from: ONeill on November 12, 2006, 07:09:29 PMSurprisingly easy.