Ron Atkinson

Soccer-related citations by the English coach Ron Atkinson, born on 18th March 1939
Ron Atkinson
I know where he should have put his flag up, and he'd have got plenty of help.
said at Stamford Bridge
...van Nistelrooy, predating as usual.
You can see the ball go past them, or the man, but you'll never see both man and ball go past at the same time. So if the ball goes past, the man won't, or if the man goes past they'll take the ball.
We haven't had a strategic free kick all night. No one's knocked over attackers ad-lib.
Chelsea are the team who can break the Arsenal and Manchester United monopoly.
They scored too early.
His head just disappeared into his shoulders.
That's not the type of header you want to see your defender make, with his hand.
He had acres of time there.
He should get his head to those. He is twelve foot tall.
The ball goes down the keeper's throat where it hits him on the knees to say the least.
How are they defensively, attacking-wise?
You don't want to be giving away free kicks in the penalty area.
Think of a number between 10 and 11.
Lee Dixon will be up against two South American left-handers tonight.
The Spaniards have been reduced to aiming aimless balls into the box.
Yordi circumnavigated Ledley King there.
Their forward got a lucky squeeze from the defender.
I'm sure Bobby won't want them to be losing the match before winning it.
Liverpool will think 'we could have won this 2-2'.
They've certainly grown, the Japanese. I mean grown in stature, playing-wise.
You know when I say that things happen in matches? Well, it just happened there.
At international level, giving the ball away doesn't work too often.
Scholes is very influential for England at international level.
Apart from picking the ball out of the net, he hasn't had to make a save.
Heskey needs to punch his own weight.
Jari Litmanen should be made compulsory.
He could have done a lot better there, but full marks to the lad.
They are playing above the ground.
Their strength is their strength.
The keeper should have saved that one, but he did.
There's lots of balls dropping off people.
Liverpool are outnumbered numerically in midfield.
Our fans have been branded with the same brush.
Yes, Woodcock would have scored but his shot was just too perfect.
Ryan Giggs is running long up the backside.
Scholes and Van Nistelrooy drugged the last two defenders.
There's a few tired limbs in the blue legs.
This is the best Man United have played in Europe this season and, conversely, the opposition has been excellent.
When Scholes gets it wrong, they come in so late that they arrive yesterday.
on Scholes' tackles
His white boots were on fire against Arsenal, and he'll be looking for them to reproduce tonight.
He'll take some pleasure from that, Brian Carey. He and Steve Bull have been having it off all afternoon.
If you score against the Italians you deserve a goal.
For me their biggest threat is when they get into the attacking part of the field.
There's a snap about Liverpool that just isn't there.
He must be lightning slow.
Well, Clive, it's all about the two Ms - movement and positioning.
I tell you what, if the Cameroons get a goal back here they're literally gonna catch on fire.
There's a little triangle - five left-footed players.
A ten-foot keeper really should have stopped that.
He's the equivalent of the Spanish David Beckham.
Stoichkov's playing on the wing, in this situation he likes to come in and scalp the centre-half.
That was Pele's strength - holding people off with his arm.
Huddersfield will want to win this one.
Now Manchester United are 2-1 down on aggregate, they are in a better position than when they started the game at 1-1.
Chelsea look like they've got a couple more gears left in the locker.
You half fancied that to go in as it was rising and dipping at the same time. the other two games, the FA Cup Final and the Premiership.
Zero-zero is a big score.
The keeper was unsighted - he still didn't see it.
I'm afraid they've left their legs at home.
He sliced the ball when he had it on a plate.
Well, either side could win it, or it could be a draw.
They've picked their heads up off the ground, and they now have a lot to carry on their shoulders.
They've done the old-fashioned things well; they've kicked the ball, they've headed it...
...and he extends and grows even bigger than he is.
on Peter Schmeichel
Tony Adams - he's the rock that the team has grown from.
He's not only a good player, but he's spiteful in the nicest sense of the word.
Someone in the England team will have to grab the ball by the horns.
Woodcock would have scored, but his shot was too perfect.
They must go for it now as they have nothing to lose but the match.
If Glenn Hoddle said one word to his team at half time, it was concentration and focus.
Beckenbauer has really gambled all his eggs.
I think that was a moment of cool panic there.
I would also think that the replay showed it to be worse than it actually was.
I've had this sneaking feeling throughout the game that it's there to be won...
...was treading on dangerous water there...
on Phil Neville
They've come out at half time and gone bang.
I would not say that he is one of the best left wingers in the Premiership, but there are none better.
on David Ginola

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