Mancini, Rodgers and Di Canio - Straight from the manager’s mouth

Brendan Rodgers

Manchester City, Liverpool, Sunderland and Stoke City managers feature in our best of 'who said what' in relation to the Premier League this weekend.

Vincent Ralph takes a closer look at some of the managerial soundbites from the latest round of Premier League matches/

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini, in reference to Manchester United:

They deserve to win this title because we lost a lot of points in games we didn’t deserve to lose.”

So basically, United didn’t deserve to win it. Or they did, but City didn’t deserve to lose. So I think what he’s saying is both teams should have won; which they kind of did last season…at least on points, although City edged it on goals.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers, on the Suarez “bite” (everyone is using inverted commas because it doesn’t appear to be a real bite yet, just a hypothetical one):

“We’ll review it as a club, because there’s certainly no one bigger than this club, a player or manager.”

Strong words and ones Rodgers will struggle to back down from; because they seem to suggest that if Suarez is found guilty of having a late lunch on Branislav Ivanovic’s arm he will be out the door.

The Uruguayan had previously been quoted by the Sunday Times saying he wishes to stay at Liverpool. But in an eerily prophetic statement, he said:

“I am very happy (at Liverpool) and I want to see out my contract, though in football you never know quite what’s ahead.

“A club can decide they don’t want you, even though you want to stay. In football things never turn out the way you plan.”

Sometimes a bitten arm forces another man’s hand.

Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio, on another three points for his new club:

“Once again it was one step forward but the main job is not done.”

No, it is not. It is just beginning. But with every passing day the appointment of the feisty Italian seems to be more and more of a masterstroke.

And I may need to take back my earlier insistence that he is only a short-term fix for a long-term problem.

Along with the touchline antics Di Canio is proving to be wise. Next season will be an interesting one at the Stadium of Light.

Stoke City manager Tony Pulis, on what his side need to avoid relegation:

“A win or three draws, I don’t care how we cook it.”

For a while, it looked like Pulis was set to break the habit of a lifetime and be relegated for the first time in his managerial career. Saturday’s win at Loftus Road – only their second away win all season – went a long way to avoiding that.

For its simple matter-of-factness, this is my favourite quote of the weekend.

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