They said it: Sporting quotes of the week

Last updated at 11:14 29 February 2008

"Football always talks about being the football family. At the moment, one of

that football family's most talented sons needs desperate help"

Former Tottenham captain Gary Mabbutt demands aid for his ex-team-mate Paul Gascoigne.

"The difference with Gazza (is he is a) cheeky chappie, always smiling, lifts

the ball over Colin Hendrie's head against Scotland and drives it in the net"

Stan Collymore blasts the football community for being willing to help Paul

Gascoigne while ignoring the plight of other troubled players.

"You could buy 10 penthouses up north for the price of something down here.

House prices are a joke! They are. It's unbelievable"

Jonathan Woodgate is having trouble settling down after his switch from Middlesbrough to Tottenham.

"Wes has been with us since he was 12 but I don't think that matters these

days. Their agents live their lives for them and if you are happy to go along

with that then you get the situation that you have got just now"

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson hits out at football agents after getting no closer to agreeing a contract extension with Wes Brown.

"There were people who didn't want three points for a win, there were people

who didn't want the backpass rule, there were people who didn't want to alter

the £20-a-week maximum wage"

David Gold on the critics of the Premier League's plan to hold matches abroad.

"I sometimes ask myself what the hell I am doing there, in front of half-empty


Former Wimbledon champion Amelie Mauresmo admits she is considering

retiring from tennis after another disappointing defeat.

"Football is like a war. You either live or die, so there is no sentiment"

Tottenham boss Juande Ramos takes no prisoners.

"This guy should never play football again. What is he doing on the football


Livid Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger calls for Birmingham defender Martin

Taylor to be banned for life after his horror tackle left Eduardo da Silva with

a broken leg. Wenger later withdrew the comment.

"We've had to rally around Martin because he was mentally shattered by the

whole experience"

Blues boss Alex McLeish reveals Taylor's emotional reaction

to the incident.

"If we treat the last 12 games any differently than we have the first 34, we

will end up with our pants pulled down and have our backsides slapped"

Stoke boss Tony Pulis warns his side against complacency after they beat Ipswich 1-0 to stay top of the Coca-Cola Championship.

"Somebody stole my bike about four weeks ago and I felt terrible. I felt like

it had been stolen again today"

Dundee United manager Craig Levein following

his side's 0-0 draw at home to Falkirk.

"You shouldn't be collecting players' autographs"

Sunderland manager Roy Keane accuses his team of being overawed by Portsmouth after they slumped to their 10th consecutive Premier League away defeat - a club record.

"I asked them in the dressing room, 'do you want to be part of a team that is

embarrassing, is a laughing stock?' That's what we are becoming"

Derby boss Paul Jewell has had enough after his side's 2-0 defeat at Wigan, a performance he also described as "the worst I've ever seen from a so-called Premier League team".

"He was ridiculous and grotesque. His behaviour is offensive and against the

rules. He is a clown"

France head coach Marc Lievremont blasts notorious

hooker Mark Regan after England's RBS 6 Nations win in Paris.

"Sometimes the diet allows them to eat and drink totally out of control - and,

yes, that includes champagne"

Tottenham boss Juande Ramos lets his players off the leash after their Carling Cup win.

"It's not that I don't care if the public think I'm rubbish, it's that I don't

care what they think at all"

England fly-half Jonny Wilkinson on the

speculation about his England place.

"It will be an honour to represent my country and get all the kit, stay in the

Olympic village, and, when I'm old enough, get a tattoo with the Olympic rings"

Diving prodigy Tom Daley will have to wait five years to fulfil the final part of his dream.

"I think we ought to slice him open and see what's inside; maybe nuts and


Stewart Cink meditates on his eight-and-seven defeat by Tiger Woods at

the Accenture World Match Play.

"Sometimes I cringe at the way football has gone here with the young players.

Everything is easy. They don't have to clean boots any more, they drive BMWs,

they get a very easy life"

Frank Lampard yearns for the good old days.

"How can nameless, faceless people on a commission decide that our genuine

claim for equality and justice be dealt with in such a flippant manner?

Middlesbrough chief executive Keith Lamb blasts disciplinary chiefs after

Jeremie Aliadiere's appeal against his sending-off at Liverpool was dismissed as


"The first time I ever met him, he was the same little obnoxious weed that he

is now"

Matthew Hayden on Harbhajan Singh, for which he was given an official

reprimand by Cricket Australia.

"If I had said we were going to finish fifth in the Premier League a couple of

years ago, you would all have thought I would end up in the nuthouse, wouldn't


Harry Redknapp insists Portsmouth really are good enough for the upper

reaches of the Premier League.

"They have gone backwards a long way since 2005. They rested on their laurels,

it's pretty obvious. You can't win one series and then lose the next 5-0. If

that was Australia, the whole team would have been dropped"

Steve Waugh on England.

"There comes a point where you say enough is enough. We will give the benefit

of the doubt for once, twice, three times, four, maybe five times, maybe even

six, maybe even seven. But if you are driving to work, don't get into a car with

Liam Miller because he gets involved in more car crashes than anybody I know"

Roy Keane after he put Liam Miller on the transfer list for repeatedly turning up late to training.

"Put me in a pair of shorts and I'm as happy as a pig in mud. I wear shorts no

matter what the weather and I actually prefer it when it's cold. I'm 21 and a

half stone and stand about 5ft 9in and a half and on the rare occasions that I

do wear a suit the sweat just pours out of me"

Bury director Iain Mills after resigning his position on the League Two club's board following a series of complaints about his matchday attire.

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