Photographic Evidence – Mourinho Wasting Time At Liveprool

One of our readers sent us this photograph from the game between Liverpool and Chelsea last season at Anfield, when Chelsea won the game 2-0 in late April, in what turned out to be a crucial game that prevented Liverpool from winning the Premier League for the very first time..

Before the game started Liverpool were at the top of the Premier League and the defeat ended Liverpool’s 16 game unbeaten run.

Steven Gerrard Liverpool José Mourinho Chelsea

Jose Mourinho (apparently) keeping the ball from Steven Gerrard
Not it seems he was trying to delay the game by keeping the ball from Steven Gerrard and other Liverpool players

That’s something he accused the Newcastle ball-boys and the Newcastle crowd of doing in the game at Newcastle on Saturday which Chelsea lost 2-1.

And another photo we found shows Jose (apparently) keeping the ball from the Liverpool players from another angle.

jose mourinho holds ball

Now there’s just no way that Jose was wasting time or trying to hold up the game – was there?

What’s the definition of being two-faced?

We had said after the game that if Chelsea were in a similar situation they would have done exactly what Newcastle did and tried to delay the game and waste time.

And at Anfield Chelsea still had 11 players on the field.

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31 comments so far

  • Wayayman

    Dec 8, 2014 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #1

    Couple of points, as the blog is moving fast this morning… 😉

    Ings looks like a player, his all-round game is very good. I like how he runs the channels for the team, creating space for the attacking midfielders. He’s also very good with the ball at his feet, good skills and sees a pass very quickly and is as much a creator as a goal scorer. With the right partner he could be lethal up top. He will probably and rightly be in the England team by the Spring so if we really want him, January would be the time – although I can’t see Burnley selling their star man and best chance of survival before the end of the season which means they will get good money for him in the Summer so that effectively rules him out for us.

    On Alnwick, the kid has nothing to lose I think. He’s young, mentally strong by the sounds of it and has the opportunity to play for his home town club for 3 or 4 games at least. No one will blame him if he makes mistakes (due to lack of prem experience) but then again everyone makes more of saves he does make beacuse he’s young and inexperienced. Remember Krul V Palermo years ago when Given & Harper were out? He was 18 I think, played an absolute blinder and that set him up for the start of his career later on.
    How good was it to see 5 Geordies on the pitch last weekend, even if it was for only half an hour until Saylor’s expected over excitement.

  • jimmysmith

    Dec 8, 2014 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #2

    I liked Pardews slightly indulgent yet generous assessment, “it’s just frustration”, lovely.

  • Geremi's Prosthetic Leg Fund

    Dec 8, 2014 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #3

    The arrogance of Mourinho is unrivaled. I was cringing with embarrassment when he talked about the ball boys and when he talked about us only playing friendly levels against other teams. That’s incredibly disrespectful.

    Those pictures should have been shown on MOTD after his post match comments to really show him up as the complete tosser he is.

  • Wayayman

    Dec 8, 2014 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #4

    I do like Jose though, despite his sour grapes on Saturday. I’d much rather have someone who got visibly upset when we lost than a rubber-lipped chancer who tries to take the credit wherever possible and tells everyone how much of a “Fret” we were.

  • iow toon

    Dec 8, 2014 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #5

    if i was mourinho id be more worried about what they did in 90 mins of play and not concentrating on 6mins of extra time

  • SuperShearer

    Dec 8, 2014 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #6

    This is why Jose is so good at what he does. He knows they didn’t lose the game due to ball-boys time wasting. They lost because they couldn’t break us down and we hit them well on the counter. But he can’t say that. It would undermine his team and his own tactics. So instead he finds something trivial to focus attention on and have people debating. It’s very clever and it’s worked. But hook him up to a lie-detector test and he’ll tell you “we lost because they defended well and were too quick on the break, I got my tactics wrong, Mr. Pardew got his right”.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 8, 2014 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #7

    He blamed the ball boys smiling inside knowing exactly the reason why they lost, Pardew blamed the length of the grass because he didn’t have a clue as to why we’d preformed so poorly.

  • Graeme

    Dec 8, 2014 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #8

    Any excuse for public consumpion serves its purpose – There is no doubt his message in the Dressing Room would have been completely different!!!

  • saliba91

    Dec 8, 2014 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #9

    Tactically outclassed by parsnip I would be upset and blame someone else he must be slightly embarrassed lol.

  • cyprus

    Dec 8, 2014 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #10

    On Mourinho. Something tells me he has a weak spot for Newcastle :0

    On HBA: Why the hate mail? I for one want him to do well and succeed, here or elsewhere. He saved miserable NUFC appearances quite a few times. Why the desperation to prove AP right? He needed a KK or someone like that…

  • jimmysmith

    Dec 8, 2014 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #11

    I feel as though it’s the players who deserve as much of the credit for the turn around in form, as the manager. We have a good, deep EPL squad, where before we didn’t and a couple of quality additions in Colback and Janmaat, who’ve shone.

    By the same token, the squad was light on depth and quality last season and the players without edge or real reason to compete at the necessary level, far from Pardews fault, just as the turnaround is far from his doing alone.

    Having said that he constantly credits the players, and as far as I can recall, didn’t shirk responsibility when results were so poor.

  • Average_Contents

    Dec 8, 2014 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #12


    Ings contract is up in the summer and so far hasn’t signed a new one. Perhaps we offer a token fee for him come January unless burnley want to risk losing him for nowt. Cheeky bid of say, £3-4m. If not go for him in the summer for free but we’d have more competition then I feel.

    I’d take a punt on Austin too, maybe ulloa.

  • NUFCJackW

    Dec 8, 2014 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #13

    Well, I am thoroughly impressed by Pardew and the team for that performance, not because we beat Chelsea- even though that is a major accomplishment in itself- but the fact that we haven’t crumbled after getting the loss at west ham. As we all know once a Newcastle team loses, we go on a terrible loss streak as witnessed last season and the season before that etc… That proves to me that we have got a really good team on our hands with a manager who is FINALLY learning from his mistakes and playing the team to its strengths even after we have been plagued by injuries. We are back on track and on the up, next stop Arsenal… Lets ‘av ’em.

  • Slank

    Dec 8, 2014 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #14

    When you have achieved so much at such a relatively short age in so many countries with so many different teams I can forgive him.

    However, he does have a valid point about luck. It does play its part in some games.

    When we won in the league away to Spurs it could only have been luck (our good and their bad) as based on probabilities of the number of attempts by Spurs on our goal at least one should have counted but none did.

  • jimmysmith

    Dec 8, 2014 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #15

    Benny needs to get out of England, I think. That and hopefully having learned some harsh lessons regarding regarding work and team ethic and he might just redeem himself in Italy, for example. As I said, in a previous post, he has become a far more robust player in recent years, but really, the English game is frantic.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Dec 8, 2014 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #16

    I said in the summer he would be best off heading to somewhere like Portugal. Would be great to see him put all that talent to good use, rather than wasting it.

  • Slank

    Dec 8, 2014 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #17

    NUFCJackW @ 13

    I don’t think it is a matter of learning.

    The difference today is that he has strength in depth which he never really had before thanks to the maturing young players who have come through the ranks and are now ready for the big time ie Ameobi, Aarons, Armstrong, Dummitt.

    Also there have been some very astute buys ie Perez, Colback, Janmaat and Haidara.

    Circumstances also play part whether by accident or design some players have been given an opportunity because of the misfortune of others (ie Santon, De Jong, Obertan, Cisse).

    The amount of injuries and suspensions could have been disastrous but all praise to Pardew and his coaching staff who more often than not have set the teams up well to compete and have made the right calls at the right times.

  • Magpie Myles

    Dec 8, 2014 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #18

    I think Mourinhio is a great manager and i’m sure he has a soft spot for Newcastle because of Sir Bobby……but lets get serious here, his team couldn’t break us down and couldn’t beat us on the day. Every radio station I listen to and most news websites and main stream news have said that the tam couldn’t break us down and we may have “parked the bus” once we scored 2, but no different from Chelsea vs Liverpool last year.

    It just sounds like sour grapes to me but you do expect that in football. I can’t ever recall Pardew slamming the players he always tries to find positives in a game even if we lose and the special one is the same. I think it was great tactics by Pardew on the day and we looked a good solid unit.

    Looking forward to the Arsenal game, they look a bit low on confidence and obviously the leage cup and Sunderland will be cracking games. Always looking up lads!

  • mag92

    Dec 8, 2014 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #19

    Mourinho, is a godsend, for the media, he’s charismatic, and they love it, something that Pardew, hasn’t got is the X factor!

  • Wayayman

    Dec 8, 2014 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #20

    Average @ 12, thanks for that. That’s a bit of a game-changer then. I’de love to have him here, but youre right we’d need to tempt them in Jan otherwise bigger clubs would come in.

  • Wayayman

    Dec 8, 2014 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #21

    Magpie Myles, Pardew has repeatedly thrown a few of the players under the bus. This season he’s publicly had a go at Sammy a few times, even when the lad was doing well while conversely praising Dummet who was awful until his renaissance as a Central Defender

  • Vagabond of the Western World

    Dec 8, 2014 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #22

    I agree with some of the previous comments which argue that Mourinho is simply a man who shifts the blame off his players as a diversion.

    He uses the media to his advantage and brings other issues to the media’s spotlight rather than the effort of his own players.

    For me, Chelsea looked threatening for the first 15 minutes, and after that they looked like they were out of ideas.

    We contained them well, ran our socks off and tried to hit them on the counter whenever we gained possesion.

    I was over the moon with Colback for our second goal, and his tackle and pass reminded me of the goal he scored against us for Sunderland in the derby.

    I’m pleased to see he’s recapturing some excellent form and reckon he can develop as a player with his best years in black and white. Awesome.

    Janmaat had a quality game too.

    In all I think we deserved the win, especially given the backs to the wall performance after that duckegg Taylor was sent off again.

    Alnwick came in a performed well too, and there’s yet more injured players back in the next few weeks also…

    Things are looking up.

  • Mister Tuff

    Dec 8, 2014 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #23

    The story about Ings going to Rangers seems to me to be utter rubbish. He is just starting to get a name for himself after injury why would he agree to go to Rangers – whose promotion this season is certainly not gaurenteed. Ings could risk going into at least one season in the football wilderness which will not help his career at all. There will be plenty of
    interest in him from PL clubs in January when he could be bought for a snip or who could be available free in the summer. Burnley look doomed this season -so I expect him to be sold
    in January.

  • Magpie Myles

    Dec 8, 2014 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #24


    Pardew hasn’t panned the players in the press, he hasn’t been overall negative to them, he is trying to get a reaction, but a bit of pressure on the lad to perform and i’m pretty sure he got the results from Sammy as he has played his socks off since Pardew told him he needs work harder. That’s called good player managment.

  • DokToon

    Dec 8, 2014 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #25

    gmorning all, from the dark side of the pond…

    great win on saturday, well worth getting up after three hours of sleep… colback is playing well, to say the least, cisse may be back on form, and even down to 10, we held….

    i suppose we pull for a draw today southampton v manure… and makes the arsenal match on saturday huge..


  • Mister Tuff

    Dec 8, 2014 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #26

    Ian Toon – I think you are going slightly over the top in your fawning admiration of the King.
    Without doubt King Percy won the tactics battle on Saturday, beating Chelsea was probably the game of the day if not the season (so far) an excellent result which cheered up Toon fans all over.
    We needed a bit of luck towards the end of the match (which we have not had a lot of this season).
    Your previous post, if you do not mind me saying was a bit over the top which coming from you is not surprising -the use of phrases such as ;-
    I come in praise of Pardew.
    He has created a classic counter attacking side
    a brilliant performance which was magnificently orchestrated by Pards

    We know you love King Percy, and advise him on his optical requirements but come on man -keep it balanced, you have been conspicuous by your absence during the poor run -fickle fan methinks.

  • martoon

    Dec 8, 2014 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #27

    Anybody tried to get on the NUFC website for a ticket for the mackem match? I’ve been in a queue since 10am – got on once but all the buttons would not work – cr*p website!

  • Wayayman

    Dec 8, 2014 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #28

    Have to disagree Myles, it’s never good man management to do things publically. Do it in person, face to face in the dressing room but never call someone out in public, especially not a young one who has a big brother we all labelled as lazy. It was just unnecessary in my opinion. Praise the lad, make him feel ten feet tall but tell him if he works as hard as Sissoko or Colback, he can be a real hero for us.
    Praising Willo and Dummet at the same time though, just seemed a bit off.

  • Magpie Myles

    Dec 8, 2014 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #29

    I would say agree to disagree. I think it’s done wonders for his form this year and Pardew did praise him after the ottenham game when he stepped up and has continued to do so since.

    All a matter of opinion i guess.

  • mag92

    Dec 8, 2014 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #30

    In the 9, games that Saylor, has played Newcastle United, have conceded only 3 goals.

  • LGFUAD21

    Dec 8, 2014 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #31


    I’ve long maintained Saylor and Colo is our best CB partnership and a formidable one when they can stay fit together for a good run.

    We had one of the best defensive records in the league a couple of years ago with them two.

    Saylor always overcompensates when he gets back from injury.

    I am worried about Arsenal though. They always have that one game where they fall apart and come back strong. I think Stoke may have been that and Sanchez and Welbeck will really make whoever plays CBs day difficult with their agility.

    Add to that, Wilshere is out so Ramsey is finally able to get into the box more. (Those two cannot play together at all).

    Koscielny will also be back and Arsenal’s defence always look woeful without him.


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