“I am a football fan, but my love is not blind”
“Football’s supposed to entertain the working classes, not impoverish them”
“I love English football for its directness, its intensity, its games rammed full of scoring chances and the box-to-box”
“Rugby annoys me with its boastful gallantry and spirit of friendship.
“Football no longer has a relationship with suffering. It’s probably why there are so few epic figures…”
“Where I come from we say, ‘He shit on his legs.’”
“My children will be better than me. Future managers will be able to achieve more than I have. It’s natural”
“It’s also true of Carver; you read his books and they’re almost banal, but internally something strange is left behind…”