Quotes of the week

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Oh misery, misery, what's going to become of me? Graham Taylor quotes Buddy Holly after England's 2-2 draw with the Netherlands.

It was so nearly my finest hour, but life is made up of so- nearlies. Taylor.

I feel very lucky. Dick Advocaat, Dutch manager.

I am so shell-shocked I don't actually feel the pain right now, it's just a kind of numbness. Andy Roxburgh, Scottish coach, after 5-0 defeat to Portugal.

Like a woman, I might exercise my prerogative to change my mind. Brian Clough on his retirement announcement.

Who will take his place over the next 10 years? Plastic people, no doubt. Jack Charlton on Clough.

Like all the great dictators, from de Gaulle to Thatcher, he stayed on a little too long. Gazzetta dello Sport.

I should have taken it up a long time ago. I don't understand the rules so I couldn't argue. John McEnroe, after losing a charity squash match.