“He treated me like a dog. We almost hit each other”

Moody South Americans, a departing Italian, a legendary Frenchman and then some made in Britain. A compilation of the latest sports and media quotes

Barking? Tevez and his City manager, Mancini

“He treated me like a dog…we almost hit each other last season” Carlos Tevez, supposedly back in England to say sorry to Manchester City, clearly has no intention of apologising to manager Robert Mancini.

“It’s a bad moment to talk about shaking hands. But always I shake hands because I forgive all the people all the time” Mancini before he hears about Tevez’s interview.

“In a word, he didn’t get a hero’s welcome” BBC Radio 5Live news reporter struggles with his word count at the Carrington training ground for Tevez’s return

“Well now that I have told you that, that he did do it, Kenny, what’s your reaction to that?” Geoff Shreeves, Sky Sports’ putchside reporter and interviewer,  refuses to be kow-towed by Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish, the only man at Old Trafford on Saturday who missed Luis Suarez snubbing Patrice Evra’s outstretched hand.

“I think you are very severe and I think you are bang out of order to blame Luis Suárez for anything that happened here today” Dalglish’s response to Shreeve’s question.

“He’s a disgrace. For a club with their history, I’d get rid of him, I really would. It could have caused a riot” Sir Alex Ferguson, also interviewed by Shreeves, does not hold back.

“I did not conduct myself in a way befitting of a Liverpool manager during that interview and I’d like to apologise for that” Dalglish, the day after the game.

“I just felt quite sick in my stomach” Gordon Taylor, the Players’ union chief.

“He was wrong to mislead us and wrong not to offer his hand to Patrice Evra” Ian Ayre, the Liverpool chief executive, on the Uruguayan striker.

“I’ve not only let him [the manager] down, but also the club and what it stands for and I’m sorry. I made a mistake and I regret what happened” Suarez finally gets the message.

“I don’t have to tell Mr Beasley the truth. I have to tell police the truth, not Mr Beasley, he’s a News of the World reporter” Harry Redknapp during evidence at his court case.

“A friend said to me, he said ‘Harry, I can’t believe it’s always you, I have dealt with you enough times. Your problem is your name, Harry, and you have got a Cockney accent’” Harry Redknapp’s unique take on why he was on trial for tax evasion as he reflected on his not guilty verdict.

Capello: called a halt to his England managership

“I can’t read Fabio’s mind but, an hour later, when I went into his office to carry on the conversations, he came up with the desire to come out of this post” David Bernstein, FA chairman, on the resignation of England coach Fabio Capello.

“Since Kevin Keegan resigned in the vicinity of the old Wembley toilets, the Football Association has burned £50 million in wages on two A–list foreign managers” Paul Hayward, chief sports writer of The Telegraph.

“Thierry finished the story of the legend today. He showed that exceptional talent survives” Arsene Wenger waxes lyrical after Henry’s late winner for Arsenal at Sunderland on Saturday.

“I haven’t even thought about getting the job permanently” Stuart Lancaster, the interim England rugby coach, after making it two wins out of two in the Six Nations.

“To show the courage for the last 30 minutes was outstanding and young boys became men in that period” Andy Farrell after England came from behind to beat Italy in Rome.

“Farrell’s contribution was a nerveless application of the lonely art of goalkicking under pressure” Malcolm Folley, chief sports writer Mail on Sunday on 20-year-old Owen Farrell’s 14-point haul.

“We wouldn’t have wanted to lose one of our top players for falling on a bit of ice” Cian Healy, the Ireland prop, takes a positive view of the last-minute postponement of the Six Nations match in Paris, called off because of a frozen pitch.

“Well tossed that one away nicely! Carnage on the greens! Managed not to break or smash anything post round!” Lee Westwood on Twitter after choosing not to speak to reporters after losing out by a shot to Rafael Cabrera-Bello in the Dubai Desert Classic.

Good Evans: Dan the Davis Cup man

“I don’t think it is just on me to replace Andy. I certainly hope it isn’t” Dan Evans, the Davis Cup youngster who then did a fair impression of Andy Murray, the British No1, by winning the decisive rubber to clinch a 3-2 victory over Slovakia.

“The people in Great Britain are mistakenly convinced that he is the best in the world, but he is not” Alexei Evangulov, British diving’s performance director, on Tom Daley.

“She might be having a sneak peak but I’m sure she…won’t be too scared,” Jessica Ennis on heptathlon rival Tatyana Chernova, after the Briton equalled her own personal best in the 60 metres hurdles at the British national championships in Sheffield.

“We used to go to church every Sunday, religiously” Denise Lewis on Desert Island Discs.

“It sometimes felt like a witch hunt” Lewis, the 2000 Olympic heptathlon gold medallist, on some press coverage of her career in 2004 when she chose to train under the former East German head coach, Dr Ekkert Arbeit.

“In what other sport do you play six hours of tennis?” Greg Rusedski, on Eurosport.


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