20 Crunching Julian Dicks Quotes As ‘The Terminator’ Returns To West Ham

No nonsense words from the Hammers' new coach.
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20. On his style of play: "I wasn't dirty – I never went out to hurt anybody. I just wanted to win."

19. On his allegiances: "When I was growing up I never really supported a team as I just wanted to play football, but I do consider myself a West Ham supporter nowadays."

18. On his time at Liverpool: "I know it didn't really work out for me at Liverpool but I always look back and think to myself, for a year, I played for one of the greatest clubs in the world. I still scored the last ever Liverpool goal in front of the old standing Kop and that will be in the record books for ever."

17. On his golf career: "Golf’s meant to be a gentleman’s sport but I tended to lose my rag when I fluffed a shot. I ended up smashing loads of my clubs."

16. On his divorce: "When I quit West Ham I had enough money in the bank to never work again. Then, in 2001, I got divorced and my wife took it all. We’d set up professional kennels and were looking after other people’s dogs. When the wife left she took the dogs too."

15. On modern players: "Some of them don't have any time for supporters and for me that's wrong."

14. On how he would have dealt with Mario Balotelli: "I would’ve smashed him."

13. On calling it a day: "I didn’t choose to retire, the decision was made for me by West Ham. They got the hump when my knee went. They wanted to pay me off and kick me out but I refused because I wanted to play on. I played 12 more games before Harry Redknapp picked me as left wing-back against Charlton. I’d never played that position before in my life and he knew it. I realised then the writing was on the wall."

12. On how he coped with life as a publican: "The knee still bothers me because I’m on my feet all day, but I’ll have a couple of glasses of red wine and a couple of glasses of whisky and then it’s fine."

11. On managing West Ham Ladies: "I enjoy it a lot because they’re honest; they have no egos, no real attitude. You can do training, and you say ‘we’re going running today,’ and they’ll say ‘how far?’ It’s not full of people whinging and moaning, like I used to."

10. On meeting Glenn Hoddle’s England assistant John Gorman: "He told me to grow my hair long and I would get in the England side. I ask you, what sort of s**t is that?"

9. On not wanting to leave West Ham for Liverpool: "It wasn't taken out of my hands but I was pushed into it. If I would have had a choice, I would have stayed here at West Ham."

8. On his options after leaving Liverpool: "Tottenham came in for me but I remember telling them, 'no chance'."

7. On John Lyall’s negotiating technique: "I walked into the room and he said ‘I'll give you £650 a week and £50 appearance money - you've got five minutes to think about it’. Obviously it didn't take that long."

6. On the move from Upton Park: "The best way for the Olympic Stadium to be beneficial to West Ham and the supporters is if they make it affordable for everybody - and I mean properly affordable. That's not £30 a ticket, but £30 for a family of four so everyone can afford to go and watch their team."

5. On old-school training methods: "When we did pre-season we'd train in the morning, have five pints for lunch and come back in the afternoon for a 10-mile run."

4. On his habit of picking up red cards: "Billy Bonds ended up taking the captaincy away from me. I always used to fall out with Billy but I understand why he didn't want his captain to keep getting sent off - even though I once said to him ‘It's a bit hypocritical coming from you!’"

3. On having his testimonial at Millwall’s Old Den: "I got abuse from the first whistle to the last. I should have known what was coming because the time before I had a house brick thrown at me."

2. On dogs: "Once you’ve got a bull terrier you never want another dog. I’ve got six bull terriers, a rottweiler and a bulldog."

1. On what he expects from players: "I just want players here who are passionate about the club and about the shirt that they wear. They don't have to go around kissing it every five minutes but go out there and give everything he can. The least any footballer can do is give 100% every single game."


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