You can’t move for quotes now the Premier League season has drawn to a close, with managers and players alike keeping one eye on their contracts, or lack thereof, ahead of the summer.
We’ve got a few bosses who’ll be scratching around for a job in the coming months, as well as the battle for Fifa’s soul and an Arsenal regular putting his head above the parapet:
“I’ve had chats with the manager about it. I showed at Manchester United what I’m capable of doing when I go into the middle of the park.
“But the manager said he wants me to do a job out there for the moment and obviously I’ll do that for him. But I prefer to play in the middle.
“We have wingers on the bench, but he’s still picking me out wide.”
After watching Aaron Ramsey’s majestic display during the last half hour of Arsenal’s 1-1 draw at Old Trafford last weekend, it’s hard to argue.
“While he remains in place, whether he likes it or not, and whether it is fair or not, FIFA will lack credibility and its image will be tarnished, and so it will lack authority.
“He is simply scared of the future, as he has given his life to the institution, to the point where he now identifies himself fully with FIFA.
“I understand the fear of that emptiness that he must have, it’s natural. But if he really loves FIFA, he should have put its interests ahead of his own.”
Uefa chief Michel Platini gives the pot a good stir ahead of the upcoming Fifa presidency election. The former midfield maestro is backing Prince Ali bin Al-Hussein for the top job.
“I hope I’m smiling at 5pm. But in a really strange way I’ve thoroughly enjoyed it. I really have.”
John Carver, the Premier League’s top comedian, will be missed, although Newcastle would be off their hinges to give him the manager’s job full time.
“I’ve let them down and the contract means nothing.
“I’ve always been up for a fight, I don’t think it’s the time to talk about myself.
“I’ve not been good enough. I’ll reflect on that and have a conversation with the powers that be.”
Could this be Sam Allardyce? Of course not! It’s Steve Bruce on relegated Hull.
“I didn’t want to stay. I suppose you could say it was mutual if they didn’t want me to stay either.”
There’s Big Sam!
“I just think that Sam didn’t sit with the owners. He’s not how they see their manager. Sam’s a big, rough northerner.”
Classic Harry Redknapp.
“My assistant said to me we made the impossible, possible.”
That’s not possible, Dick Advocaat, by virtue of it being impossible.