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27th Feb 2019

A journey through Brendan Rodgers’ greatest ever quotes

Marc Mayo

The Messiah returns to English football

Brendan Rodgers has become Leicester City’s new manager and they can look forward to many memorable quotes from the Northern Irish tactical genius. Here’s some of his best yet.

“The problem with being a manager is it’s like trying to build an aircraft while it is flying.”

We’ll start here because this quote gives off the vivid image of Brendan Rodgers frantically building his squad like the train chase scene in Wallace and Gromit: The Wrong Trousers. It would explain how Jose Enrique got in there.

“When you’ve got the ball 65-70 percent of the time, it’s a football death for the other team. We’re not at that stage yet, but that’s what we will get to. It’s death by football. You just suck the life out of them.”

You know, for all the impressions of football’s flowing, beautiful nature that he gives off, there is something delightfully brutalistic about Brendan Rodgers. Death by football. Just soak that up for a minute. Whatever it actually entails, I presume it involves Roy Keane.

“I always say a squad is like a good meal. I’m not a great cook, but a good meal takes a wee bit of time. But also, to offer a good meal, you need good ingredients.”

Can we please get Rodgers on Come Dine With Me? There’s always one inexplicably wealthy white dude who reckons he’s a modern day Descartes because he own’s Stockport’s third biggest carpet warehouse. He is always flabbergasted when he doesn’t win.

Enjoy the trophy. I hope it makes you very happy. Dear lord, what a sad little life Manuel.

“It is great for the public here at Sunderland to see us. They must have been wondering what this team everyone is talking about are all about and now they have seen. We were wonderful.”

Brendan Rodgers: The original footballing missionary. Let’s just remember for a second that this quote came when his Swansealona team had just lost 2-0 to Sunderland, where Rodgers was presumably surprised to find running water.

“I believe a young player will run through a barbed wire fence for you. An older player looks for a hole in the fence.”

This pseudo intellectual mixing of metaphors is classic David Brent. It leaves so many questions. Do barbed wire fences have holes in them? Wouldn’t jumping over the barbed wire be more courageous? Why doesn’t Rodgers write for JOE?

“I think there’s three players who will let us down this year — the cause, the fight, everything – and I have written them down already in these three envelopes. Make sure you are not in one of the envelopes.”

How can a player make sure he’s not in the envelopes if its already written down? Will Brendan quickly change the envelopes on a weekly basis? Spoiler alert: the three names inside the envelopes were Glen Johnson, Theresa May, and Gunnersaurus.

“I’ve always said that you can live without water for many days, but you can’t live for a second without hope.”

According to a study published in German research journal Archiv Fur Kriminologie, “it seems possible to survive without food and drink within a time span of 8 to 21 days”, which I guess kind of proves Rodgers point. Fair play. 1-0 Brendan.

“I use a quote with the players,’Per aspera ad astra’, which is Latin for ‘through adversity to the stars’.”

Nobody who speaks Latin can be stupid.

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