Football eh? What a beautiful game. From Manchester United down to Macclesfield Town, we, as fans, love the pearls of wisdom that our heroes occasionally oblige us with. Here is this weeks batch of quotations from the great and good of the game…
“It’s always being said that the Carling Cup is not my first priority. But that’s misleading. While obviously you don’t quite rank it alongside the Premier League or Champions League, I certainly regard it as an extremely valuable tool in our club’s strategy.I won’t have it lightly dismissed, because over the years the Carling Cup has served United as an important component in the development of our playing squad.It enables me to put some of the younger players into the team alongside more established stars, to see how they react and blend. The competition is a stepping stone that has helped groom so many of our emerging players for the serious business of Premier League football.” – Sir Alex Ferguson on why the Carling Cup is actually very important, and not just an unwanted distraction. His vehement defence actually boils down to “It gives me a chance to play the players I don’t think are quite good enough for the important games.” A ringing endorsement if ever there was one…
“I am aware that clubs have watched me, and read about Tottenham’s interest, which is very flattering.” Internacional midfielder Sandro issues what the papers love to call a “come and get me plea” to Harry Redknapp, safe in the knowledge that since he hasn’t bought a player for a few weeks, the Spurs boss must be desperate to sign someone by now.
“We were offered something like £3million for a five-year deal. The branding specialists didn’t reveal the identity of the interested parties, otherwise we could just have approached the companies direct. The money could have been 10-times that and I would still not have been interested. There are some things money can’t buy.” – Former Newcastle chairman Freddy Shepherd criticising current owner Mike Ashley plans to have the name of the stadium open for corporate sponsorship. This is particularly amusing high ground for Shepherd to take, considering his behaviour when the fake arab prince turned up at Newcastle waving money around. Let us not forget then that Newcastle fans were mocked for the amount they spent on merchandise, the female fans were “dogs” and Alan Shearer mocked as the “Mary Poppins of Football” by the pair as they enjoyed themselves in a brothel. Good to see Freddy trying his best to uphold the good name of Newcastle and St James Park then eh?
“They have just charged him for accusing a referee of not being fit enough and the truth is that they were almost apologising for it. They would have crushed anyone else. Ferguson has a group of managers who are faithful to him. Steve Bruce, who played for him. And Sam Allardyce, who thinks he will be his successor at Old Trafford and others. On the other side you have just Benitez and they are all giving him such a hard time.” – Wigan boss Roberto Martinez who did, and then apparently didn’t make these statements in an interview with the Spanish newspaper AS after he made a hasty backtrack a day later.
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