26 Great Johnny Giles Quotes That Leeds And Man Utd Fans Will Love

The outspoken birthday boy who occasionally mangles the language.
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26. On football stadiums: “I’d rather play in front of a full house than an empty crowd.”

25. On Don Revie: ”What Don did at Leeds was unbelievable. Don didn't revitalise a team. Leeds had no history. So he had to create it from nothing. It was a rugby league area. For my first match, when we were in the Second Division, there were 15,000 people there.”

24. On his legacy: ”I don't mind if someone says to me: 'You were a dirty little bastard.' I don't mind that. But please say: ‘You could play a bit.’”

23. On Brian Clough: “He was a rude bastard, and arrogant, but that was part of his genius.”

22. Bill O’Herlihy v Johnny Giles (part 1)

Bill: “This is something of a local derby between Holland and Germany.”

Johnny: “Er…yeah, they’ve been close to each other for years…”

21. On Brendan Rodgers: "I'd feel sorry for Rodgers if he wasn't busy making a fool of himself without any help.”

20. On keeping calm: “People didn't know until I said it publicly that I had a nasty side. It was never obvious to the fans. I never lost my head, you see. Never got sent off.”

19. Bill O’Herlihy v Johnny Giles (part 2)

Johnny: “It’s like the old George Formby song Waiting on the Corner.”

Bill: “Leaning on the Lamppost, you mean?”

Johnny: “Yeah.”

Bill: “Are you going to sing it?”

Johnny: “No.”

18. On keeping it in the family: “Richard Dunne comes from a great footballing family... the Dunne family.”

17. On George Best: “Pele wasn't as gifted as George Best and I would definitely put George above Johan Cruyff because he had more heart.”

16. On honesty: “Kilbane did what he normally does. Ran his heart out and gave the ball away a lot.”

15. Bill O’Herlihy v Johnny Giles (part 3)

Bill: “So you think they can score, even in Spain?”

Johnny: “Well I don’t know what you mean by ‘even in Spain’, I mean the goals there are the same size and all that…”

14. On the hot-headed Big Sam: “Sam Allardyce should learn a bit of humidity.”

13. On mixed metaphors: “Hoddle’s career in management has been a bit of a mixed grill.”

12. On Matt Busby: “Now let me say that Matt Busby was a great manager and Manchester United wouldn't be where they are without him. He was a god at the club, but he wasn't a god to me. Football is like that sometimes.”

11. Bill O’Herlihy v Johnny Giles (part 4)

Bill (pre-2002 World Cup): “Sixteen days from now we’ll all walk a little taller. Won’t we, John?”

Johnny: “Well, er, I don’t think we’ll be any taller, Bill.”

10. On Barcelona: “Great teams always have a Plan B. Look at Barcelona. Their Plan B is to stick to Plan A.”

9. On Jose Mourinho: “The longer Jose Mourinho goes on, and on, and on, the more difficult it is for me not to despise him and the set of values he's bringing to football.”

8. On the advantage of playing at home: “Home advantage is usually an advantage to the home team.”

7. Bill O’Herlihy v Johnny Giles (part 5)

Bill: “Carsley lacks a bit of skill in those situations. Let’s call a spade a spade.”

Johnny: “Yes, Bill, he’s in there to dig.”

6. On Matt Le Tissier: "He is a periodically impressive football cabaret act. But as a candidate for international football he is quite beyond rational consideration.”

5. On character: “There is a saying in the game about 'the sunshine boys'. You're three-nil up with 10 minutes to go and they're saying: 'Give me the ball!' They can't get enough of it. At one-nil down, it's: 'Don't give me the ball.’”

4. On his time in Manchester: “Living in Manchester was like living on the moon... wherever that might be.”

3. Bill O’Herlihy v Johnny Giles (part 6)

Johnny: “I’ve no time for the UEFA Cup at all.”

Bill: “Hold on a second John. We’ve got the final on Wednesday.”

Johnny: “It should be a great final Bill. It always is on RTE.”

2. On tactics: ”If the ball is in the back of the net, you can't catch them on the counter.”

1. On becoming dirty at Leeds: “I was a creative player, but I got some bad injuries early on and I decided that if this was a jungle we were playing in then it's better to be a lion than a lamb.”


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