Football: Noises Off

THAT WAS THE WEEKEND THAT WAS
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We are building something here, something new and something exciting, something people want to be involved in.

Ruud Gullit on the New Chelsea experience. He should be in politics.

We try to play a passing game, but all I told my players was to kick the ball as far forward as possible. Porfirio had never seen snow and he couldn't believe you could play on it.

Harry Redknapp on a Wrexham pitch he described as "a scandal."

The gulf between our level and Liverpool's is massive and you must be realistic. It would have been lovely to play three up front but I don't think it would have done my team's confidence any good to have come here, enjoyed the game and been beaten by six.

Adrian Heath, making no apology for Burnley's defensive tactics at Anfield.

After 10 minutes of the second half I wanted the whistle to go. Every time we lost the ball they looked like they were going to go up the field and run through us.

Kenny Swain, Grimsby's caretaker manager, shell-shocked by Sheffield Wednesday's seven.

I've followed Perez's career in France and he was promised a big future when he was at Nimes, but when he went to Bordeaux he couldn't get in the team regularly. Today he performed very well and made some great saves.

Arsene Wenger on the goalkeeper who thwarted Arsenal at Highbury.

I was on my way down from the stand to reorganise our system and the players were celebrating just as I reached the dug-out.

Peter Reid on how he missed Sunderland's 20th-minute equaliser.

Mr Poll has a reputation among the professionals in the game as somebody who is trying to make a name for himself.

Graeme Souness voicing his displeasure at the decision to allow Southampton's match at Reading to go ahead.

The handball decision was a bit harsh, but when you're 5-0 up there's no need to respond.

Bryan Robson, promising to fine the dismissed Craig Hignett.

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