Following Jose Mourinho’s demand to be shown more respect by journalists, Simon Jordan launched into a passionate rant about the British media on talkSPORT.
Here’s what the former Crystal Palace owner said as he stunned Jim White and Bob Mills into silence…
“I do not know a journalist that has ever bought a football club, that has ever managed a football club, ever sold a player, ever bought a player, ever picked a team, or ever been first-hand in any experience which gives them the opportunity to be able to put certain parts of football to the sword.
“A journalist’s job in my view is to give an objective opinion, not to write what they think is a fact and to represent it as fact and to create news, rather than to report news.
“I look at some of those journalists and I listened to Henry Winter [on the Jim White show on Tuesday] and in no point did I think I was ever going to ask a journalist about how Jose Mourinho should manage his football club, in no more order than I would expect Jose Mourinho to tell Henry Winter how to write a book or to write an article.
“If I were Mourinho, I would have sat in that press conference [after the Tottenham match] and rammed it down the throat of every single journalist the level I was on and how far and away above I was in terms of my experience.
“I would have kept them there until 2 o’clock in the morning to make sure that I addressed every single issue.
“The media need to be put in their box a little bit, with respect to the media because I sit on that side of the fence now, to some extent. But I sit on it with a degree of authenticity and a degree of experience which is predicated upon not thinking I know more, not thinking I know less, but having an advantage point of a balanced and educated point of view.
“When certain journalists or certain segments of the media advance things for their own agenda, I find that distasteful, disquieting and I am uncomfortable with it.
“If you haven’t bought, owned, managed a football club, sold a player, sat in the boardroom, sat in the dressing room, what exactly do you know? I tell you what you know. Something somebody else told you. That’s what you know.”