PAST MASTER

With number 19 in the bag, Mike Phelan began the dismantling job:

“History is there to be broken.”

DWIGHT SHREWD

Dwight Yorke always felt United were sitting pretty:

“Manchester United set their stool out early in the season.”

THE SECRET’S OUT

Although, as Yorkie was aware, there were those vicious rumours going around:

“I heard on the grapevine that United were not as good as they were before.”

TIME WARPED

Before FIFA can sanction video technology in football, we need to ensure Clive Tyldesley is comfortable with the current facilities:

“Slow motion doesn’t really reflect the speed at which that happened.”

CAUSE AND EFFECT

Glenn Hoddle’s powers of reasoning have come on in leaps and bounds lately:

“They’ve had clean sheets and a lot of it is down to the way they defend.”

ONE OF A KIND I

The clue, Martin Tyler, is in the name:

“Man City’s unique Lech Poznan celebration.”

ONE OF A KIND II

George Graham sure knows how to hand out an accolade:

“London is up there with Madrid or Milan, but Glasgow’s unique, along with Liverpool and Newcastle.”

DOUZE POINTS

Although the Premier League controversially encroached on the old contest’s turf last weekend, Jeff Stelling remained ever the traditionalist:

“Coming up later, for me it’s still the greatest competition in the world… and I just favour Jedward.”

NIL POINTS

But Setanta’s Alan Mathews might want to brush up on his Eurovision history:

“Hold me now, as Linda Martin might say.”

BIBLE BASHING

Dean Windass has a direct line to the Lord – and he’s not sure the big man is a particularly nice guy:

“Supporters have every divine right to slag your players off when they’re not winning games.”

LEARNING CURVE

Ray Wilkins on Tim Krul – at Newcastle since 2006 – and his lengthy induction:

“It’s going to take him a while to bed into our style of football.”

TWO MINDS

Kevin Phillips is the latest decisive presence in the Sky gantry:

“Schwarzer had absolutely no chance, though maybe he should have done better.”

CONFIRMATION

SuperKev had no doubts, however, about Maxi Rodriguez’ latest hat-trick.

“That was absolute.”

THEY DIDN’T SUIT YOU

When Larry Gogan finally calls it a day, Micky Quinn is not thought to be on RTE’s shortlist to replace him:

“Name one of the two colours that make up red or white, the national flag of Peru.”

VEGING OUT

His baking isn’t up to scratch but Stan Collymore doesn’t half know how to put together an incentive package:

“That could be the carrot on the top of the cake.”


 

 

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