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Five honest manager quotes following Moyes’ relegation admission

| 25.08.2016

Robbie Purves | August 22, 2016

Honest manager quotes

Despite being just two games into the new season, Sunderland manager David Moyes has already angered some fans with an honest admission about the Black Cats this season.

Following their derby defeat to Northeast rivals Middlesbrough, asked what his answer would be to fans who fear another relegation battle, Moyes said: “Well, they would probably be right because that’s where they’ve been every other year for the last four years, so why would it suddenly change?”

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“People will be flat because they are hoping that something is going to dramatically change – it can’t dramatically change, it can’t.”

Coral has the Stadium of Light outfit odds-on at 2/5 to stay up, but offer a generous 7/4 on the Wearside club to finally meet the drop.

In light of this, Coral football writers have compiled a list of brutally honest manager quotes…

Keith Curle

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Former Manchester City defender and current Carlisle United coach Curle is well known as a Neil Warnock acolyte and for his no nonsense style and gave a refreshingly honest assessment of one of his players two years ago.

On centre back Alex Marrow feigning injury and illness: “Marrow is back with us after his sick note period expired. The situation with him is that Alex wants to leave the football club.

“I also want Alex to leave the football club… fortunately for Alex, while he is here, and doesn’t want to be here, he still gets paid. Unfortunately for me while Alex is here, and doesn’t want to be here, I’ve still got to pay him.”

Marrow was eventually released after the two parties came to agreement.

Gordon Strachan

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Scotland boss Strachan is famed for his entertaining, honest press conferences and has come out with some cracking quotes over his career.

When a reporter asked the former Manchester United player if he could handle another loss, Strachan said: “No, I’m just going to crumble like a wreck. I’ll go home, become an alcoholic and maybe jump off a bridge. Umm, I think I can take it, yeah.”

The Scotland manager also reacted honestly to the question: “Do you think James Beattie deserves to be in the England squad?”

Strachan fired back: “I don’t care, I’m Scottish.”

However, perhaps his finest moment was when a journalist asked him for a “quick word”.

Strachan replied: “Velocity.”

Sir Bobby Robson

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Former Barcelona manager Robson wasn’t afraid of saying what he thought, and was a quote gold mine during his managerial career.

With Newcastle United legend and Coral football ambassador Alan Shearer in the twilight of his career, suffering ever increasing injuries and mobility issues, Robson commented: “Shearer has done very well for us, considering his age.

“We have introduced some movement into his game because he has got two good legs now. Last season he played with one leg.”

When answering a question regarding hotheaded former Magpies player Craig Bellamy, Robson came out with a famous line: “He’s the only man I know who could start an argument with himself.”

Sir Bobby’s former club Newcastle are favourites to win the Championship outright this year under Rafa Benitez at 2/1, after their relegation from the top-flight last term.

Jurgen Klopp

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After Borussia Dortmund sold Mario Gotze to Bayern Munich, Klopp was quizzed regarding his decision to the let the former youth player leave.

Current Liverpool boss Klopp then said: “He’s leaving because he’s [Pep] Guardiola’s favourite. If it’s anyone’s fault, it’s mine. I can’t make myself shorter and learn Spanish.”

On Bayern Munich’s approach to tactics and player recruitment, Klopp produced another great line: “At the moment, they are like the Chinese in the business world. They look at what others are doing and copy it, just with more money.”

Sir Alex Ferguson


During his 26-year Manchester United career, Ferguson produced a fair few legendary quotes, but non more famous than the Scot’s passionate outburst about Liverpool.

Sir Alex: “My greatest challenge is not what’s happening at the moment, my greatest challenge was knocking Liverpool right off their f****** perch. And you can print that.”

And print they did, amusing United fans while simultaneously sparking outrage on Merseyside.


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Robbie Purves