EXCLUSIVE - Steve Howey on Antonio Conte vs Jose Mourinho

11th Jan 2018

Antonio Conte and Jose Mourinho have been exchanging plenty of public blows in the last few weeks and in an exclusive interview, former England defender Steve Howey has had his say.

The Chelsea and Manchester United managers are clearly looking to get the final word over each other and Howey believes it is getting too personal between the pair.

Speaking exclusively to AskFans, he said: "Let’s not delude ourselves, I think we all know when managers do this, not just Mourinho, is we all know who they’re talking about. You don’t have to say a name. And we’ll always know, he’s talking about him [Conte].

"Now, this one is interesting because it’s starting to get a bit personal. 

"And normally, it’s just sometimes a little statement that gets mentioned and what Conte says about him being fake and that he’s a little man, which I found quite funny to be honest!

"Then obviously what Mourinho said about the stuff which happened [match fixing] it’s getting a little bit, for me anyway, a bit too personal. 

"I think the FA or Premier League or someone has to step in at some point, because how far can this go? I mean hold on a minute, you’re both grown men. Just bloody behave yourselves. Or otherwise, just get together and sort it out.

"I understand what Mourinho is saying as well because he’s kind of covering his own back, but, let’s be honest, the first time we’ve really seen him, he was sprinting down the line, for Porto at Man United, sliding on his knees and he’s done it after that as well.

"Then, I can remember when Chelsea got a victory I think against Liverpool, and he’s diving down there, he’s slamming his hand across his chest, and on the badge – all that kind of thing.

"I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that, but, if you’re going to do it, you’ve got to accept it when the other manager does it when their team does well. You can’t speak your tongue you know, you can’t have it both ways."

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