After his post-match antics with Mike Dean following Tottenham’s 2-1 defeat to Burnley, Mauricio Pochettino has been slapped with a £10,000 fine and a two-match touchline ban.

That ban means the Argentine will now be in the stands for games against his former club, Southampton, and a huge Anfield clash with Liverpool at the end of March.

Previously, Pochettino had insisted he wasn’t expecting a ban for the confrontation, saying: “A ban, why? I don’t believe that it’s going to happen. I don’t think that’s going to be fair.

“For what? It was a conversation, no? Maybe it was close but it was a conversation.”

Regardless of his thoughts, Pochettino will now be missing at a time when his team needs him the most, with Spurs failing to win any of their last three Premier League games, slipping out of the title race and being dragged into the battle for the top four.

But will the 47-year-old’s absence really affect the north Londoners that much in the upcoming games?

At Squawka, we’ve taken a look at the last six touchline bans served up to Premier League managers, and what effect they had on their team’s fortunes.

Jose Mourinho (Chelsea): 24 October 2015

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Why were they banned? Improper language and behaviour in the dressing room area at half-time.

Record during suspension: L (0%)

The mounting pressure on Jose Mourinho in 2015 obviously got too much for the Portuguese, with the then-Chelsea manager receiving a £40,000 fine and a one-match stadium ban for calling referee, John Moss, ‘f*cking weak’ at Upton Park.

Mourinho served his ban in an away tie at Stoke City, which Chelsea lost 1-0, dropping them to a miserable 16th in the Premier League table.

After the game, Brazilian midfielder, Ramires, admitted it was ‘strange not having Mourinho there’, saying: “It’s strange because when we look to the bench, we can see Jose and today, he’s not.”

David Moyes (Sunderland): 26 October 2016

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Why were they banned? Swore at a fourth official during Sunderland’s 1-0 EFL Cup defeat to Southampton.

Record during suspension: W (100%)

While at Sunderland, David Moyes picked up a one-match touchline ban for swearing at a fourth official during the Black Cats’ 1-0 EFL Cup defeat to Southampton in October 2016.

After the match, Moyes said: “The problem was he chased me down the touchline. I swore at him and I shouldn’t have done so.”

However, he didn’t need to worry as his side picked up their first win of the season, triumphing 2-1 over Bournemouth thanks to goals from Victor Anichebe and Jermaine Defoe – all despite Steven Pienaar receiving a red card in the 59th minute.

Jose Mourinho (Manchester United) 29 October 2016

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Why were they banned? Used abusive and/or insulting language toward a match official in the tunnel area.

Record during suspension: W (100%)

He’s here again. Mourinho, this time with Man Utd, served another one-match touchline ban, as well as receiving another £8,000 fine, after using more foul and abusive language toward a match official during the Red Devils’ goalless draw with Burnley in October 2016.

This time, though, his side fared better without him, ending a three-game goalless run to win 3-1 in South Wales against Swansea City thanks to a Paul Pogba strike and a double from Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Jose Mourinho (Manchester United): 27 November 2016

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Why were they banned? Kicking a water bottle during the first half of Man Utd’s 1-1 draw with West Ham.

Record during suspension: W (100%)

Seriously, Jose? Mourinho received another touchline ban after booting a water bottle in frustration during Man Utd’s 1-1 Premier League draw with West Ham in 2016. Oh, and he was fined another £16,000. £16,000 for kicking a bottle of water. My word.

Anyway, once again, the Red Devils didn’t miss his presence on the touchline as a Mourinho-less United walloped the Hammers 4-1 during their EFL Cup quarter-final tie just days later.

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Arsene Wenger (Arsenal): 22 January 2017

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Why were they banned? Pushed fourth official, Anthony Taylor, during Arsenal’s 2-1 win over Burnley.

Record during suspension: WLLW (50%)

Despite escaping a stadium ban, Arsene Wenger received a four-match touchline ban for pushing fourth official, Anthony Taylor, during Arsenal’s 2-1 win over Burnley in January 2017.

Wenger was under growing pressure at the Emirates at the time, and his side were beaten 2-1 at home to Watford and 3-1 away at Chelsea, sandwiched between 5-0 and 2-0 wins over Southampton and Hull City respectively, during his absence.

Arsene Wenger (Arsenal): 31 December 2017

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Why were they banned? Improper language and behaviour during Arsenal’s 1-1 draw with West Brom.

Record during suspension: LDL (0%)

With his temper reaching boiling point, poor old Wenger received another touchline ban for using improper language towards Mike Dean, reportedly ‘questioning his integrity’ after he awarded West Brom an 89th-minute penalty to earn a 1-1 draw.

If Wenger was angry with that, he will have been absolutely livid with his side’s form during his three-match ban, with the Gunners suffering a humiliating 4-2 FA Cup loss to Nottingham Forest, following a 0-0 EFL Cup draw with Chelsea and a 2-1 defeat away to Bournemouth in the Premier League.

Upon Wenger’s return, Arsenal crushed Crystal Palace 4-1 at the Emirates before sealing their spot in the 2018 EFL Cup final with a 2-1 win over Chelsea in their semi-final second leg.


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With five wins out of the last 11 games (45.45%) in which a team’s manager is serving a touchline ban in the Premier League, there doesn’t seem to be a clear effect when it comes to a senior tactician’s absence on their players.

However, Wenger is the only one on this list to suffer from multiple-game bans, with the Gunners winning just two of their seven games (28.57%) during his three and four-game bans combined.

With Pochettino banned for two games, against none other than his former club, Southampton, and title-chasers, Liverpool, Spurs may well feel the effects of not having the Argentine on the sidelines.

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