Great Football Manager Quotes


It’s not enough to walk the walk, with 24/7 press and social media, football managers must also talk the talk. This has given way to some brilliant one-liners over the years with everyone from Jose Mourinho to Sam Allardyce getting involved. Here are some of the best.

Jose Mourinho
When Mourinho was first appointed by Chelsea, it was clear that we were dealing with something new in the English game. At Jose Mourinho’s first press conference in England, he told the press ‘Please don’t call me arrogant, but I’m European champion and I think I’m the special one’. Sounds quite arrogant to me!

Brian Clough
The king of quotes, Brian Clough was a trailblazer for coming up with manager sayings. This is one of his most simple but it sums up his whole personality and career. ‘I wouldn’t say I was the best manager in the business. But I was in the top one’

Sam Allardyce
Loved for his no-nonsense, heart on his sleeve personality, Allardyce was never one to hide his feelings. Tika-Taka football was used by Barcelona to tear teams apart and they had become the best team in the world using the tactic. However, Big Sam was unimpressed telling the press ‘All this Tippy Tappy stuff everybody keeps going on about as the right way to play football is all a load of b*llocks’. Right Sam!

Bill Shankly
 The legendary Liverpool manager came up with this gem, which is regularly quoted today. He said ‘Some people believe football is a matter of life and death. I’m very disappointed with that attitude. I can assure you it is much, much more important than that’.

Brian Clough
The fact that Brian Clough is on the list again, says a lot about him, truth be told you could create a whole list of Brian Clough quotes. One of his most famous is: ‘Rome wasn’t built in a day. But I wasn’t on that particular job’.

See you all at next weeks matches, just remember to avoid the Tikka- Takka football, Allardyce doesn’t like it!

We can talk the talk, but can we also walk the walk 🤣.

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