Quotes of the week
"If you have 30 good footballers, committed, and you can take them, up the pace and intensity and urgency in training, I don't care if they come from Timbuktu, you will get them performing at a high level." - New Limerick boss Mickey Ned O'Sullivan in this paper on Saturday.
"Hamann Hoping To Keep It Regular" - Headline from the Liverpool Daily Post. Our advice is to try prunes, Didi.
"A County council chairman who suffered severe burning to his scrotum during a football match 13 years ago has been awarded 9,000 Euros in damages. Independent Fianna Fail councillor Dessie Larkin, from Letterkenny, Co Donegal, sued the Football Association of Ireland for the injuries he sustained to his testicles and inner thighs from the caustic effect of the lime used to mark the football pitch." - As spotted in this paper last week.
"No Pots But Oh So Many Pangs" - The Daily Express on the many woes of Newcastle.
"Rio, a bad tackle, again?" - Robbie Savage expresses his shock.
"This was a nasty one. I never saw it coming, but I enjoyed playing against him. I enjoy playing against centre-halves in midfield!" - Robbie again on Rio.
"United Run Over By Bentley" - ananova.com after the Blackburn victory last week.
"Bramble and Boumsong at the back? Me and Kammy could do a better job." - Mickey Quinn.
"The rules should be that you live with your natural resources. They have no financial compulsory rules. We all dream of that. If we lose £140million, we are bust." Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger comments on Chelsea's latest financial results, which registered a record loss.
"I may be 36 but I am still quite nervous to come to a place of this size." - Dion Dublin on his surprise move to Celtic.
"I wouldn't expect us to concede two goals like that. If I'd have been playing centre-half he wouldn't have scored them, and I'm 47." Sunderland manager Mick McCarthy expressing his disgust at the defending that enabled Dudley Campbell to score both Brentford goals in a 2-1 FA Cup fourth round win at Griffin Park.
"If you are not going to the office or a football match then stay at home, lock the door and do nothing else!" England coach Sven- Goran Eriksson betrays a little bitterness over the intense spotlight on his private life during his reign.
"If you pray enough for things, I am proof that they can happen. I feel like a kid on Christmas day now, every day." Robbie Fowler on his surprise dream return to Anfield.
"I'm glad everything has already been sent to the Football League because he might have changed his mind after watching that." Norwich boss Nigel Worthington on the capture of Robert Earnshaw after the 4-0 defeat at Reading.
"In all honesty, we are not very good at travelling and playing abroad. We are flaming hopeless if we are honest. You've only the England captain (David Beckham) of the top players playing abroad because we can't seem to handle it." - Steve Bruce on Englishmen abroad.
"I had a bet with myself in the car that I would stay calm but I lost. It normally takes me 35 minutes but on Tuesday it took nearly two- and-three-quarter hours. I must have gone 20 miles virtually in the wrong direction but everybody else was doing the same and it was bumper to bumper." Ipswich midfielder Darren Currie reveals his anger after arriving for Ipswich's home game with Leeds two minutes before kick-off, forcing him to miss the first half.