10 Funny Football Manager Quotes


Sam Allardyce, in the midst of trying to keep Sunderland in the Premier League, was accused of making "pre-historic" comments by Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew this weekend when he claimed that Palace's players would have been "on the pop (booze)" after winning their FA Cup semi-final last weekend and might be pushovers for the struggling Black Cats.

It's not the first time that Allardyce has said something a little controversial, as he makes another fine contribution to our list of ten funny quotes from managers:

"All this tippy tappy stuff everybody keeps going on about as the right way to play football is all a load of bollocks."  - Sam Allardyce on the Barcelona style of play.

"I still think I'm the best coach in the Premier League." - John Carver takes charge of Newcastle, temporarily.

"I wouldn't say I was the best manager in the business. But I was in the top one." - Brian Clough, never one to talk down his ability.

"Please don't call me arrogant, but I'm European champion and I think I'm a special one." - Jose Mourinho arrived at Chelsea for the first time.

"Tell him he's Pele and get him back on." - Partick Thistle manager John Lambie after Colin McGlashan did not know who he was after suffering a concussion.

"Titus looks like Tyson when he strips off in the dressing-room, except he doesn’t bite and has a great tackle." - Sir Bobby Robson on Titus Bramble.

"To put it in gentleman's terms if you've been out for a night and you're looking for a young lady and you pull one, some weeks they're good looking and some weeks they're not the best. 

Our performance today would have been not the best looking bird but at least we got her in the taxi. She weren't the best looking lady we ended up taking home but she was very pleasant and very nice, so thanks very much, let's have a coffee." - Ian Holloway after his QPR side secured a scruffy win over Chesterfield.

"It was a very simple team talk. All I used to say was: “Whenever possible, give the ball to George Best."” - Sir Matt Busby on tactics.

"The only way to stop Thierry Henry? With a gun!" - Gianluca Vialli

"I’d hang myself but we can’t afford the rope." - Hamilton Academical F.C. manager Iain Munro

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