THE NO BAN LEAGUE WHERE COACHES AND PLAYERS MUST SPEAK TO THE MEDIABy CHRISTOPHER DAVIES
OLD TRAFFORD, AUGUST 26TH, 2013...MANCHESTER UNITED V CHELSEA
At 5pm a Manchester United media relations official opens the home dressing room and invites the accredited media to enter. They are able to select the players they wish to interview about the game. Robin van Persie talks about his goal...Wayne Rooney is happy to chat about his United ambitions.
“IT WAS A MIX OF ANGER, DEFIANCE AND CONFRONTATION” – Daniel Taylor of the Guardianfootballwriters.co.uk looks at the media coverage of Arsene Wenger’s most amazing press conference
By CHRISTOPHER DAVIES
TWO THINGS took the assembled football writers attending Arsene Wenger’s press conference on the eve of Arsenal’s Champions League tie against Bayern Munich by surprise. Firstly, that a manager known for being so helpful to the media suddenly turned on the French equivalent of the hair-dryer and secondly, that a story about him being offered a new two-year deal upset him so much.