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Premier League manager Marco Silva has admitted he needs to improve his behaviour on the touchline after being handed a one-match suspension.
The Fulham boss picked up his fourth yellow card of the season in Friday night’s goalless draw with Chelsea, meaning he will not be able to stand on the touchline for his club’s next match.
Silva will miss Wednesday’s FA Cup fourth round replay at Sunderland on Wednesday evening.
Premier League boss prepares for touchline ban
Fulham drew 1-1 with the Championship club last Saturday, before holding big-spending Chelsea to a 0-0 draw at Stamford Bridge.
The Cottagers currently sit eighth in the Premier League table in their superb season so far, with the club just eight points off the top four.
But Silva will undoubtedly be frustrated at having to squeeze in another game in the FA Cup replay, and even more frustrated at the fact that he will not be in the dugout for it.
The Premier League boss has denied any wrongdoing for his latest caution, but admits that he must now respect the ban. “Of course it’s a blow,” said Silva, as reported by BBC Sport. “It’s not a good thing. It will be strange.
“But we have to respect the moment. Actually in that moment I didn’t do anything but the fourth official saw it in a different way. I have to respect it.
“But everything we do will prepare in the week and we will be ready. We are a staff, not just one person. Someone will take care of it.”
Fulham boss admits self-improvement is necessary
Silva has helped get the best out of his team this season, with the likes of Tim Ream, Joao Palhinha, Andreas Pereira and Aleksandar Mitrovic forming a strong spine. They have, of course, been helped by numerous teammates in other areas, all of whom have been guided by their leader Silva.
But the Premier League boss says he must now conduct himself much better in future games, admitting that his emotions have often got the better of him in another exciting campaign in the English top-flight.
“Of course I have to improve myself,” added Silva. “Even if sometimes it is not fair, and in the last game it clearly was not. But of course you are talking about four yellows, not just one yellow. I’m the first one demanding for myself and the first one to know I should improve some things.
“Sometimes with the emotion of the game it is not easy to do it. I respect the decisions from the officials. I have to improve myself, that’s it. To control the emotions in the game.”
Premier League boss back for key fixtures
Fortunately for the Premier League outfit, Silva has only been handed a one-match ban, meaning he is set to be back in the dugout for Saturday’s home meeting with Nottingham Forest. Fixtures against high-flying Brighton and Wolves then complete a busy February for Silva’s men.
The manager is well-loved by all associated with Fulham, firstly promoting them back into the Premier League before driving them to a potential – and once-unthinkable – European place.
— Fulham Football Club (@FulhamFC) February 4, 2023
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