Up until now, Ronald Koeman has always seemed quite intelligent. After all, the Everton manager has never given us any reason to think otherwise, though for some bizarre reason, he suddenly seems to think he’s a pundit.
Koeman has been quoted in Belgian newspaper HLN, openly encouraging star striker Romelu Lukaku to leave Everton to fulfill his potential.
“If [Romelu] was to play at Everton until the end of his career I know he has left something behind.”
With this in mind, Clickon look at five other controversial football manager quotes. Pick your favourite!
Arguably one of the most contentious football managers around. The former Derby and Nottingham Forest manager once famously said: "I wouldn't say I was the best manager in the business. But I was in the top one". Source: Huffington Post
Sir Alex Ferguson
Love him or hate him (the latter, right?) you can't argue with his achievements. He said quite a lot throughout his managerial career, most of which put us to sleep. Hard to forget this one though: "My greatest challenge isn't what is happening at the moment, my greatest challenge was knocking Liverpool right off their f*****g perch. You can print that." Because they were really going leave that bit out.... Source: Unitedrant.com
Probably Liverpool's best ever manager and gentleman to boot, Shankly also seemed somewhat of an amateur philosopher. One of his pearls of wisdom reads: "Some people think football is a matter of life or death. I'm very disappointed with that attitude. I can assure you it is much, much more important than that." Wasn't he meant to be immortal anyway? Reds fans?? Source: thefootballmind.com
It's a surprise Ian Holloway hasn't been renamed "Rent-a-Quote". Simply sensational for journalists on a slow news day, though this one takes some beating... On beating Cardiff: "I couldn't be more happy if I were a badger at the start of the mating season". Folks...lock up your.....er....badgers... Source: westlondonsport.com
He had to be in here. They say 'first impressions last', this didn't just last, it stuck: In his first Chelsea press conference: "Please don't call me arrogant, but I'm European Champion and I think I'm a special one." More than a decade of outbursts later, he is the gift that just keeps on giving. Source: footiecentral.com
Disclaimer: No badgers were harmed during the creation of this article while Lukaku and Koeman remain at Everton.