Danny Murphy agrees with Richard Keys that managers like Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta should be punished more consistently for leaving their technical area.
Arteta was spotted leaving his technical area during the Gunners’ 1-0 victory over Chelsea at the weekend, leading to Keys launching into a rant on Twitter about the Arsenal boss.
Keys called on the Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL) – who manage the match officials in England – to take action against Arteta for persistently leaving his technical area.
The former Sky Sports presenter wrote on Twitter: “Why is this allowed every week @FAPGMOL? Arteta has been jumping up and down all game – way outside his technical area. [Graham] Potter is in his and 4th (official) is watching. Do something about this man.”
And Keys continued his rant about the Arsenal boss on his weekly blog post, it read: “Someone please have a word with Mikel Arteta. Right now he’s the most irritating coach of the lot. Sit down man – and if you can’t do that – stay in your own technical area. I say this because someone is going to get hurt soon as a result of his antics,” his post read.
“There are good reasons coaches are asked to stay in their technical areas – safety is one issue. Graham Potter is clearly in his area. Arteta is not only out of his – but he’s on the touch line almost in front of the Chelsea bench. Why? And why is the 4th just watching – doing nothing?
“I had a mate text me after I’d pointed this out in a tweet on the day saying ‘agree – let’s see if he’s doing this when they’re sixth in March’. Harsh – because I think they’re in with a shout now. But sit down Arteta.”
And Murphy agrees that Arsenal boss Arteta and other managers get away with leaving their technical area too often.
“I agree with him. It’s not about Arteta though, it’s all managers. The rules are too lax, the punishments are very rare. As soon as you go out of it, it should be a yellow card, go out of it twice, red. Done,” Murphy told talkSPORT.
“Dead easy, it would stop in about two weeks. The problem is you’re always going to get those people who go ‘we want to see the passion’. There’s a big box there, there’s lots of room for you to be passionate, jump on your staff and your fellow colleagues.
“As soon as you allow the managers or coaches to start running out of the box whether it be to celebrate, whether it be to argue, whether it be to coach, you’re just causing problems for yourself. All the problems you see with managers now on the touchline is when they’re outside of that box.”
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