“I never comment on referees, and I’m not going to break the habit of a lifetime for that prat” – 20 unbelievable football gaffs

It’s a common perception that professional footballers are thick.

That’s just the way things are really, that’s the general view from outsiders looking in.

But for everyone dull player, you’ve got an intelligent one, the likes of Clarke Carlisle or Robert Green.

However saying that, those in the game have come out with some absolute clangers over the years.

So to lighten the mood in what is a testing time for people and following Tim Sherwood’s unbelievable gaff on Wednesday evening, here are 20 of the top classics footballers, commentators and managers have come out with.

“The thing about goalscorers is that they score goals.” Tony Cottee

“The last six games of the Invincibles season were the most pressurised, because we were under pressure.” Ray Parlour

“Not to win is guttering.” Mark Noble

“And with 4 minutes gone, the score is already 0-0.” Ian Dark

“I’m going to make a predictionit could go either way.” Rob Atkinson

“Reading won’t have the confidence to be confident.” Paul Merson

“Glenn Hoddle hasn’t been the Hoddle we know. Neither has Bryan Robson.” Ron Greenwood

“For those of you watching in black and white, Spurs are in the all-yellow strip.” John Motson

“I never comment on referees, and I’m not going to break the habit of a lifetime for that prat.” – Ron Atkinson

“If history repeats itself, I should think we can expect the same thing again.” Terry Venables

“They’re the second-best team in the world, and there’s no higher praise than that.” Kevin Keegan

“I couldn’t settle in Italy. It was like living in a foreign country.” Ian Rush

“My parents have been there for me, ever since I was about 7.” David Beckham

“I would not be bothered if we lost every game as long as we won the league.” Mark Viduka

“If you don’t believe you can win, there is no point in getting out of bed at the end of the day.” Neville Southall

“I can see the carrot at the end of the tunnel.” Stuart Pearce

“I’d like to play for an Italian club, like Barcelona.” Mark Draper

“Without being too harsh on David Beckham, he cost us the match.” – Ian Wright

“Germany are a very difficult team to play… they had 11 internationals out there today.” Steve Lomas

“I’ve had 14 bookings this season, 8 of which were my fault, but 7 of which were disputable.” Paul Gascoigne

“He’s put on weight, and I’ve lost it, and vice versa.” Ronnie Whelan

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