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Friday 20 April 2012

20 Seasons Awards: Most Memorable Quote

A closer look at the runners and riders for the Premier League's Most Memorable Quote

Eric Cantona, Alan Hansen, Kevin Keegan, Sir Alex Ferguson and Jose Mourinho


As part of the Premier League's 20 Seasons Awards, a panel of football experts will choose the Most Memorable Quote from a shortlist of five contenders.

With the help of some Premier League legends, we take a closer look at the runners and riders - and find out what makes these five so special...

Find out more about the five quotes here


"When the seagulls follow the trawler, it is because they think sardines will be thrown into the sea. Thank you very much."

Cantona's Man Utd team-mate Steve Bruce:
"I remember when we all went into the dressing-room after and Eric was there and we all said 'Eric, what was that about?' And he said 'I don't know'.

"But that was Eric - you never knew what he was going to do next. He was a great player; you can have a maverick in your team and that's OK as long as they're a team player. Eric was a real team player, and it was brilliant to play alongside him."


"The trick is always buy when you're strong so he needs to buy
players. You can't win anything with kids.

"You look at that line-up Manchester United had today and Aston Villa at quarter past two when they get the team sheet, it's just going to give them a lift and it will happen every time he plays the kids. He's got to buy players, as simple as that."

"The kids didn't win the League for Man Utd that year, we contributed"
- Gary Neville

Ex-Man Utd defender Gary Neville:
"I remember us getting beat that day and I remember the hoo-ha about it afterwards when all the press were negative, but I don't remember watching Match of the Day that night and seeing him say it.

"I've said this every time I've been asked the question, though - the kids did not win the Premier League for United that year, we contributed to winning. We still had Peter Schmeichel, Steve Bruce, Gary Pallister, Roy Keane, Eric Cantona - and without those experienced players we wouldn't have won it."


"When you do that with footballers like he said about Leeds, and when you do things like that about a man like Stuart Pearce...

"I've kept really quiet but I'll tell you something, he went down in my estimations when he said that. We have not resorted to that. You can tell him now, we're still fighting for this title and he's got to go to Middlesbrough and get something. And I'll tell you, honestly, I will love it if we beat them. Love it.

"But it really has got to me. I've voiced it live, not in front of the press or anywhere. I'm not even going to the press conference. But the battle is still on and Man United have not won this yet."

Ex-Newcastle winger David Ginola:
"I remember when we were at the top of the table, 12 points ahead at Christmas, but ended up coming second. But it was a marvellous experience as the club had only recently been promoted and then had to sell Andy Cole.

"Keegan was the main reason I signed for the club. For a year and a half it was great in trainng every day. It was a joy. I learned a lot from him about how to respect the fans and everyone at the club which is why he was so loved and appreciated by so many people."


"We have to carry on doing our best. It's getting tickly now - squeaky-bum time, I call it.

"It's going to be an interesting few weeks and the standard of the Premiership is such that nothing will be easy."

"Some managers cringed a little bit after Mourinho's 'Special One' comment"
- Sam Allardyce

Ex-Man Utd defender Gary Neville:
"He doesn't say much to his players, but when he does you know it means something. When he walks into a dressing-room, you can hear a pin drop. It might be the liveliest dressing-room in the world, but as soon as he walks in...

"He has a control and a presence. He has control of his group and knows exactly what they have to do. He has trust in them, they trust him, and I think that's the key really."


"Please don't call me arrogant because what I am saying is true.

"I am European champion so I am not one of the bottle. I think I am the special one."

Then Bolton boss Sam Allardyce:
"It was exciting. He came in and said a few things that maybe some of us other managers cringed a little about. We all probably wouldn't have been brave enough to say that.

"And if he didn't stand up to that, he was going to get shot down heavily, but he didn't. He used his management skills and turned Chelsea into a very formidable force very, very quickly."


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Key Points

  • Premier League is celebrating 20 Seasons
  • Awards for the greatest stars and best moments in Premier League history
  • An expert panel will decide on the Most Memorable Quote from a shortlist of five