Sport: Quotes of the Week

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I have nothing to hide. Terry Venables, Spurs director and former chief executive, on the FA and Inland Revenue investigations into transfer dealings at the club.

Terry Venables put me through hell. We don't want him at the club and if I have anything to do with it, he's not coming back at all. Alan Sugar, Spurs chairman.

You won't see me hanging round the car park with a dog-end in my mouth. But I do intend to go to board meetings. Venables.

If Sugar thinks he can just walk in and take West Brom's manager, I'll be down the motorway in my car like an Exocet and blow up his bloody computers. Trevor Summers, West Bromwich chairman, on any possible approach to Ossie Ardiles.

I'm leaving. My problem is with (Carlos) Bilardo and we have to sort this out like men, if Bilardo is a man, which I doubt. Diego Maradona after walking out on Seville.

I thought: Christ, you don't get that in the ZDS Cup. Tim Flowers, England goalkeeper, after being warned last week that the Brazilians might shoot from corners.

The Spaniards and Danes will be crapping themselves when they hear our result. I don't mind the Danes but I can't stand Spain. Jack Charlton, Ireland manager, after the World Cup win over Lithuania.

Our shot-putters are in better condition than Gazza. Linford Christie on Paul Gascoigne.

If things don't improve, then it's only right that someone else should do the job. Graham Gooch on the England cricket captaincy.

Now a car comes in, you can't see it for mechanics. . . We want girls around the paddock, not all these boring men, and that includes me. Flavio Briatore, Benetton's managing director, on the conflicts over technical regulations in F1.

I was so depressed I nearly chucked myself off the South Downs. I stuck my BMW into first gear, but I didn't have the guts to go. Brian Barnes, golfer and recovering alcoholic.

Chris Maume

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