23 Howard Wilkinson Quotes Sheffield Wednesday And Leeds Fans Will Love

Sergeant Wilko gives it to you straight.
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Sergeant Wilko gives it to you straight.

23. On taking over the sleeping giant that was Leeds United: "The club is like an old Savile Row suit,frayed at the edges. Like a Rolls Royce in a breakers yard."

22. On the realities of management: "There’s only two types of manager. Those who’ve been sacked and those who will be sacked in the future."

21. On how he revolutionised Leeds: "On my first day, I turned the kitchen upside down, and reorganised the food and the menus. What I did in training was also sometimes looked upon as a little strange or different. But I was always fascinated by trying to find new ways to get that extra winning edge."

20. On the basic laws of football: "If they hadn't scored, we would've won."

19. On Eric Cantona: "Eric likes to do what he likes, when he likes, because he likes it - and then f**k off. We'd all want a bit of that."

18. On the qualities of his Leeds title-winning squad: "Not all of those players would have been seen as the best in the world but they were committed to excellence."

17. On the qualities of his relegated Sunderland side: "Our squad looks good on paper. But paper teams win paper cups."

16. On surrounding yourself with the right people: "If you hire people who are smarter than you, maybe you are showing that you are a little bit smarter than them."

15. On Thomas Brolin: "Quite frankly, I would rather have anyone in any position in my team who wanted to do well for Leeds United than someone who didn’t."

14. On why tactics aren’t always enough: "Jesus Christ couldn’t come in here with a system that would cure the way we have been playing."

13. On life as a manager: "Managers are obsessed with the game. It's very, very difficult, if not impossible, to live a balanced lifestyle."

12. On wanting to learn: "About two years ago, I met a guy who was my classmate at school. He said: ‘I remember you were always asking questions. The rest of us used to get fed up because you’d never be satisfied with the teacher’s answer.’ I have always had that natural curiosity."

11. On maths: "I am a firm believer that if you score one goal the other team have to score two to win."

10. On the world’s best player: "Zinedine Zidane could be a champion sumo wrestler. He can run like a crab or a gazelle."

9. On how England managers should be selected: "The list of future England managers should not be left until one day after the current manager has disappeared. All of a sudden everyone's in panic, running round all over the place, sometimes not quite sure of what the credentials for the job are."

8. What he said to Vinnie Jones when he joined Leeds: "We frighten people by putting the ball into the net here."

7. On getting stuck in: "We have to roll up our sleeves and get our knees dirty."

6. To his Sheffield Wednesday players on his first day as manager: "We don’t necessarily have the best players in Britain – I hope we do – but we can be the fittest; we can be the best organised; we can be the most disciplined; we can be the best prepared. Providing each one of you recognises those as your targets, the rest is up to me."

5. On the toughness of life: "As one door closes, another one shuts."

4. On being devoted to football: "You can go to the pictures or read a book, but football constantly comes back into your mind. It's not a job, it's a life. It takes up your time, thoughts and energy and it can damage relationships with those around you."

3. On the sale of Cantona: "I had no choice over Cantona. The ship had a true and steady course but it started to zig-zag. You can only take some players so far and then there's disappointment."

2. On Gary Speed: "Gary Speed was honourable, trustworthy and a joy to manage. He was honest, he was a role model and he was a great bloke. An avid learner, he recognised responsibility and he was always fully committed."

1. On his time at Leeds: "It was a period of my life of great satisfaction and great fulfilment. We turned the club around, both on and off the field."

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