English football’s best quotes

Alan Shearer

‘Italy was like living in a foreign country’ - English football’s best quotes

News in and around the FA Cup final – and tournament in general – over the years has seen players and managers say some rather intriguing things. While many have coughed up the usual media drivel, others have entertained those present at press conferences with quirky comments and entertaining remarks.
Coles’ Saturday night fever and more
“There was no pressure on the players today. I said to them, you know, go out and show us what you can do and, um, you know, we lost 3-1.” – Fulham’s Lawrie Sanchez.
“By Saturday night I hope to have the FA Cup in my pocket.” – Chelsea’s Joe Coles.
“I’m not superstitious or anything like that, but I’ll just hope we’ll play our best and put it in the lap of the gods.” -Arsenal’s Terry Neill, whose lack of superstition touches on Betway Insider’s psychology of sport.
“There are two ways of getting the ball. One is from your own team-mates, and that’s the only way.” – Leeds United’s Terry Venables.
Ian’s Italy or bust
“I’ve never wanted to leave. I’m here for the rest of my life, and hopefully after that as well.” – Newcastle United’s Alan Shearer.
“I couldn’t settle in Italy – it was like living in a foreign country.” – Liverpool’s Ian Rush.
“The first thing that strikes you about the new Wembley is it’s a football stadium.” – Blackburn Rovers’ Mark Hughes, who completely understands the essence of the 2019 FA Cup final venue, which is a firm favourite among football bets.
“We have run a marathon and fallen just short, so we need to boost the squad to get us over that final hurdle.” – Port Vale’s John Rudge.
Wright the wrongs and other
“If you’re 0-0 down, there’s no-one better to get you back on terms than Ian Wright.” – Wimbledon’s Robbie Earle.
“To be talking about vital games at this stage of the season is ridiculous, really, but tomorrow’s game is absolutely vital.” – Hully City’s Brian Horton.
“Alex Ferguson is the best manager I’ve ever had at this level. Well, he’s the only manager I’ve actually had at this level. But he’s the best manager I’ve ever had.” – Manchester United’s David Beckham, who remains oh so popular these days many years after his Manchester United playing days.
“One accusation you can’t throw at me is that I’ve always done my best.” – Newcastle’s Shearer, again.
Lineker’s left of centre and the rest
“There’s no in between – you’re either good or bad. We were in between.” – Tottenham Hotspur’s Gary Lineker.
“Today’s top players only want to play in London or for Manchester United. That’s what happened when I tried to sign Alan Shearer and he went to Blackburn.’ – Newcastle United’s Graeme Souness.
“Being given chances, and not taking them. That’s what life is all about.” – West Ham United’s Ron Greenwood, who was quick to wax lyrical of the merits of love, life, the beautiful game and more.
“The sight of opposing fans walking together down Wembley Way – you won’t get that anywhere other than Wembley.” – Hereford United’s John Sillet.