‘I’ve been hurting for three years’

IAN COLE rounds up the latest week’s action in sporting quotes

“I’ve been hurting inside for three years seeing Manchester United lift the trophy. Every one of us has sat here and watched it. It’s their turn to watch today” John Terry ends a tumultuous season with a huge piece of silverware in his hands after an 8-0 final day win over Wigan.

“It’s goodbye to the Premier League ” but only for the moment” Avram Grant, Portsmouth’s manager, keeps his dignity to the bitter end of a relegation season.

“Tevez loves us more than you” West Ham fans taunt their Manchester City counterparts as Carlos Tevez ” whose last-day goal saved the Hammers from relegation three years ago ” steals the show at Upton Park despite making only a late substitute appearance for City.

“We’ve got a foot in the door and we’ve had a little peek behind it. It’s now about whether we can open it and then close it” Dave Jones, the Cardiff manager, as his side leads Leicester 1-0 after the first leg of a Championship play-off semi-final, with a home second leg to come.

“Players here have a different culture from Italian players, but all players are the same. They all want to play. They all want to win. They all don’t want to work hard. I played for 20 years and I was the same” Roberto Mancini, the Manchester City manager, responds to his players’ complaint that he trains them too hard.

“I have had 1,100 matches as a manager. I wouldn’t have survived this long if I was a mug. I would like to think I know what I’m doing” Harry Redknapp.

“It’s like building a football team. You can’t just go and get Sir Alex Ferguson as manager if you own Chester City. You have to start and build from somewhere” Michael Owen talks about what he know best ” building up his stable of racehorses.

“When I first played Twenty20 I used to think of them as exhibition matches, but it’s a serious business now and the more times you play this format the better you become” Kevin Pietersen, star of England’s Twenty20 World Cup bid ” until his responsibilities as a new father took over.

“The guys have been working like hell, in both the garage and the factory. It’s a good job our team’s an energy drink because their eyes are bulging out of their heads” Mark Webber, winner of the Spanish Grand Prix, salutes his back-up team for their efforts in Barcelona.

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