NEIL BONNAR: If it's all in movie speak, I think you're going to need a bigger quote
I SMELLED a rat when Dougie Freedman said some players can’t handle the truth in our paper on Saturday.
And then when Sam Allardyce turned up on Match of the Day and said it’s fantastic when a plan comes together I knew what they were up to.
It sounds suspiciously like England’s football managers have got together and decided to have a bit of fun at the media’s expense, a la England’s World Cup players at France 1998.
Those around at the time will remember how that England team had a laugh trying to weave as many famous song titles into interviews as they could unnoticed.
Now it looks like managers are doing the same with film quotes (unless it’s just me!) In making the point that some players may have trouble being told a few home truths Wanderers boss Freedman took the famous quote from Jack Nicholson in A Few Good Men, while Allardyce’s comment on his tactics working in West Ham’s hammering of Spurs was a tweak on John “Hannibal” Smith’s “I love it when a plan comes together” line from the A Team.
I’ll be keeping a close eye on managers next week when football returns after the international break to see if they come up with any more.
In the meantime, I’ll turn the tables and get a few in myself.
So, which famous movie lines sum up football players, managers and clubs?
I can see Harry Redknapp looking back on never being given the England manager’s job in a few years’ time and thinking “I coulda been a contender” (Marlon Brando in On The Waterfront), or Sir Alex Ferguson saying “I’ll be back” (The Terminator) if Manchester United don’t buck up.
Also from Brando’s repertoire is “I’m gonna make him an offer he can’t refuse,” as Vito Corleone in The Godfather – which could be what Manchester City say whenever they go to sign a player.
When Jack Wilshere was caught smoking recently, he may well have mused “I want to be alone” as Greta Garbo did in Grand Hotel, and “Play it again Sam” (Casablanca) will be the hope of West Ham fans next week.
I could never hear Roy Keane greeting Adrian Chiles in the ITV studio with “Yo Adrian” (Rocky), but I could hear Jose Mourinho (or Mario Balotelli) saying “I’m king of the world” (Leonardo DiCaprio in Titanic).
“Greed is good” (Michael Douglas as Gordon Gekko in Wall Street) could be the motto for football agents, and any England football manager of the last 10 years may well have told his assistants to “round up the usual suspects” (Casablanca) before every international.
If anyone has any other suggestions then go ahead make my day (Clint Eastwood in Sudden Impact) and email me. If not, then frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn (Clark Gable in Gone with the Wind).