Souness: Ref and manager relations a recipe for disaster

BLACKBURN: The present relationship between referees and football managers is a recipe for disaster claimed fiery Blackburn handler Graeme Souness (pic) yesterday. 

The former Scotland midfield hardman told the BBC the relationship was like that of a schoolmaster and a schoolboy and added there was no flexibility shown by the referees. 

“The schoolboy and schoolmaster relationship is a recipe for disaster,” said Souness, who has been redcarded as a manager five times. 

“There is no leeway. I don't think it I know it,” added Souness, who has coached Liverpool and Rangers among a plethora of other teams. 

However Souness claimed he was a reformed character despite facing his third disciplinary hearing in 18 months with the Football Association's disciplinary committee after Graham Poll took exception to his remark he didn't know the referee was a Spurs supporter during Rovers 1-0 victory last weekend. 

“I thought Graham Poll would accept it as a joke as I have always got on with him,” said Souness, who was fined £10,000 once for telling a referee to 'go give your head a shake'. 

Souness, who refused to blame the mediocre start to the season on the sale of Irish star Damien Duff to Chelsea in the summer, said he now took a more mature attitude with the referees. 

“With experience and maturity I'm not so confrontational anymore. I try and take a deep breath,” he said. – AFP 

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