Quotes of the week: 5Sep2007

Injuries to Steve Gerrard and Jonny Wilkinson (no change there then), Roy Keane’s weekly bon mots, Christine Ohuruogu, Lord Coe and 2012, plus an athletics official’s diplomatic harakiri in Osaka, the sale of Manchester United and the latest from Sven

“I’ve got to do what I’ve go to do to make sure we get the best players available to help us win this game. I think I have the authority to make that decision. It is my job” – England manager Steve McClaren still struggling to resolve Steven Gerrard’s England availability

“It’s a possibility he’s done enough damage to put him out for more than one game. We’ll see what happens in the next 24 hours” – England’s assistant coach Mike Ford on the latest injury to Jonny Wilkinson (pictured)

“I did not anticipate things being like this. I am very happy it is all over because it has been extremely tense competing out here” – double medal-winning athlete Christine Ohuruogu

“She knows that we are living in fragile times in athletics. This whole sport is based on trust. She isn’t going to suddenly bounce back with everyone cheering” – Lord Coe

David Harrison in the News of the World on the £1 billion bids for Manchester United
“The Chinese people literally have billions behind them and the Dubai group are not far behind. It could turn into a bidding war and that will push up the price. That will leave the Glazers facing huge pressure to sell”

“There’s a fine line between loyalty and stupidity and, no doubt, I’ve been stupid. It won’t happen again” – Roy Keane has a pop at himself after Sunderland’s 3-0 defeat at Wigan.

“We appreciate Cao’s wish. But in reality she won’t be a torchbearer due to her health condition” – Li Hua, regional director, on the application to carry the Olympic torch for the Beijing Games from 103-year-old Cao Zuozheng

“Please don’t make harakiri tonight” – international athletics federation chief Pierre Weiss to local Japanese organisers after a volunteer sent a leading 50km race walker off-course at the Osaka World Championships

“It’s disappointing to be dropped from any team – even my mates’ fantasy league team!” – West Ham goalkeeper Robert Green on his England squad omission.

“I had more fun staying in a tent than a five-star hotel” – Jenson Button gets his feet back on the ground following a camping trip to France.

“I told the doctor: ‘What chance have I got of passing anything – did you see me play?'” – Plymouth manager Ian Holloway speaks about his kidney stone

“I’ve come to Middlesbrough for the shopping” – new signing Mido

“That was two-thirds of the way towards being a half-decent jump” – Jonathan Edwards confusing everyone with maths during the athletics World Championships

“Sometime in the season we will have unluck, as you say” – Sven Goran-Eriksson

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