It’s just like a game of the mind, between me and the goalkeeper.
Me, I know how to control my mind.
When the keeper moves before me, it means that in this game of the mind he has lost.
( Mario Balotelli on taking a penalty )
I won’t ever be going to a top-four club so I think we’ll just leave it at that.
It’s because I’m not called Allardici, just Allardyce.
( Sam Allardyce )
I think there is a bit of football snobbery goes on.
I have a philosophy that if you win more games than you lose you tend to get accepted.. I have to get a result by any fair means.
You have to find a formula to win the game.
All the best teams work hard, it is not a dirty word.
( Mick McCarthy )
I need to know what makes them work and what doesn’t.
I can say that after a few days I know pretty much where 90 per cent of my squad lives, who’s married and single, what they do and when they arrive in the mornings and their attitude towards working hard.
Take the football out of it… if you’re in any management set-up in any company, it’s important you know your staff.
I’m going to guess that in any successful business, the employees or the players will follow the standard set by the management.
You need to treat a player as a person before you coach them.
Hopefully that’s one of my strong points.
( Dougie Freedman )
My relationship with Mancini is really important.
He’s known me since I was young and he’s like a father to me.
I used to play with the young children at Inter Milan, so I know him very well and I can tell him anything.
I have to train hard every training session.. And give everything on the pitch.
You have four or five things that the manager asks you to do, then you have to play like you can play and give everything.
( Mario Balotelli )
Sometimes in football you have to score goals.
( Thierry Henry )
I’ll give the ref the benefit of the doubt but he’s got a lot wrong.
( Mark Bright )
West Ham have committed 13 fouls, but they weren’t fouls, they were commitments.
( Ray Wilkins )
I think one of these teams could win this.
( Andy Townsend )
After watching the Olympics and the Paralympics, aren’t these overpaid footballers boring now ?
( Paul Lowry )
He can’t kick with his left foot, he can’t head, he can’t tackle, and he doesn’t score many goals.. Apart from that he’s all right.
( George Best on David Beckham )
What problems do you have, apart from being blind, unemployed and a moron.
( John McEnroe to Wimbledon spectator )
Manchester City will be kings of Europe.. But it might not be until I’m in charge.
( Jose Mourinho )
Joe Frazier is so ugly he should donate his face to the US Bureau of Wildlife.
( Muhammad Ali )
The chairman of Brighton wouldn’t recognise Gareth Barry if he was stood on Brighton beach in the team strip, with a seagull on his head and a ball in his hand.
( John Gregory )
You can’t be sure he will be taken on by a club anywhere.
Unless it’s some Outer Mongolian outfit that has been locked away from news, television and society for 10 years.
( The Nottingham Post on Stan Collymore, 1999 )
After those moving, mind-blowing, awe-inspiring Paralympics, I hope that the next Premier League footballer to fall over when he is not really hurt has the decency to die of embarrassment.
( Tony Parsons )
I wouldn’t say I was the best manager in the business but I was in the top one.
( Brian Clough )
We couldn’t defend a fish supper.
( Sam Allardyce )
Football these days isn’t going forwards.. It’s going sideways.
( Bobby Gould )
Once Tony Daley opens his legs, you’re in trouble.
( Howard Wilkinson )
The game has been tailored to the wine-bar fraternity.
The culture has gradually been eradicated.
( Nigel Kennedy, 1997 )
Why didn’t you just belt it ?
( Barbara Southgate after her son Gareth missed that penalty in Euro 1996 )