REVEALED: Erik ten Hag stonewalled Sky Sports’ Gary Cotterill at today’s press conference after he posted a ‘#karma’ tweet after Man United’s 4-0 humbling at Brentford, months after their car park spat
- Manchester United media officials blocked a stunned reporter Gary Cotterill from asking Erik ten Hag questions at his weekly press conference
- The respected veteran reporter was not told exactly why the Dutchman would not take a question
- But he believes United’s actions stem from late last season when he attempted to ask Ten Hag questions after a game against Crystal Palace
Erik ten Hag refused to take questions from Sky Sports in a stand-off with the broadcaster who currently pay billions to cover the Premier League.
United media officials blocked a stunned reporter Gary Cotterill from asking questions during the Dutch manager’s weekly press conference ahead of their visit to Southampton.
The respected veteran reporter was not told exactly why Ten Hag would not take a question, despite his best efforts to get in a question.
But he believes United’s actions stem from a game late last season when United visited Crystal Palace and Cotterill attempted to ask Ten Hag questions outside the stadium, even though he was not officially in place as manager at that time.
It is believed that United’s reaction was also due to a tweet that came from the reporter’s twitter account on August 13, minutes after the final whistle of their humiliating 4-0 defeat at Brentford, which read ‘#karma’ and was followed a a smiling face emoji.
‘I’m surprised,’ said Cotterill who also attempted to get comments from ten Hag at the Ajax training ground last season.
‘It was just two people doing their job but I’m assuming he was offended by it. ‘The thing at Palace was him doing his job and not commenting and me doing my job and trying to get a comment. I’m only guessing that was the reason.
‘I haven’t been told. You saw what was said but I don’t think it would be too much of a leap to assume it was about that.’
Erik ten Hag refused to take questions from Sky Sports in his press conference on Friday
Sky currently pay the lion’s share of the new three-year, £5.1 billion Premier League TV deal, with BT Sport, Amazon Prime and the BBC also contributing.
As Ten Hag left Selhurst Park at the end of last season, he was approached by Cotterill who attempted to grab an interview.
‘Welcome to the Premier League, Erik,’ the Sky Sports journalist said, but he was ignored by Ten Hag.
As a security guard tried to interject, Cotterill persisted. ‘Are you excited to get started?’ he asked twice, before being nudged out of the way by security.
Gary Cotterill was barged out of the way by security as he tried to interview Ten Hag in May
He was previously rebuffed by Ten Hag in Amsterdam just after he was confirmed as manager
Cotterill tweeted ‘#karma’ after United were thrashed 4-0 by Brentford a fortnight ago
‘Don’t push me, you’re on television,’ Cotterill said, before he addressed Ten Hag by saying: ‘It doesn’t look good being manhandled by security, Erik. It’s Man United…it is a big club.’
The security guard stopped Cotterill from speaking to Ten Hag and the 52-year-old then got into a car and drove away from the stadium.
The Sky journalist told Ten Hag to ‘learn’ from his compatriot Louis van Gaal after the incident.
Their latest clash came as Ten Hag answered questions before his team’s trip to Southampton
Cotterill posted a picture of him alongside Van Gaal soon after he had spoken to the Dutchman following his appointment as United boss in 2014.
‘A Dutch manager’s reaction to being asked a question in the street by sky reporter AFTER getting the Manchester United job. But BEFORE taking up the role,’ Cotterill wrote.
‘No not ten Hag. This was May 2014. Look and learn.’