Wenger, Di Canio and Clarke - Straight from the manager's mouth

The managers of Sunderland, Arsenal, Southampton and West Bromwich Albion feature.

Vincent Ralph takes a closer look at some of the managerial sound-bites from the latest round of Premier League matches.

Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio, on his side’s 1-0 loss to Fulham:

“We played attractive football and dominated but in this country more than any other, set-pieces can cost points. I warned my players before. The players from abroad have to learn. If my players learn quickly why we lost the game, we will have a very good season."

With 10 new arrivals and counting, it was always going to take time for Sunderland’s new boys to get used to the Premier League. But a Di Canio warning is unlike those of his managerial counterparts. His players would do well to learn soon, or they won’t be his players for long.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, following his side’s 3-1 defeat to Aston Villa:

"What hurts me is to disappoint people who love the club. I'm here to make them happy and when I do not I can only say sorry, come back and make them happy in the next game."

The Arsenal boss could apologise. Or he could simply do what is being asked of him – quite fairly – and spend some money. Being linked with some of Europe’s top players is all well and good, but the Gunners have so far missed out on every reported target. Regardless of the reason, that just isn’t good enough.

If Wenger wants to make the fans happy, an effective flourish of the chequebook would probably suffice.

Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino, on the Saints’ late win against West Brom:

“You always have to believe you are going to win, through to the last whistle, and because of that I want to congratulate my team.”

With every new interview I am more impressed with the Saints boss. He may require subtitles…or at least a translator…but Pochettino gives the impression of being a man you would want to not just play for, but perform for.

West Bromwich Albion manager Steve Clarke, on the possibility of more signings:

"I'll think about that more on Sunday. Today is all about disappointment."

For its heart-breaking simplicity, the Baggies boss gets a mention for this succinct explanation of how a losing manager spends his Saturday night.

image: © Ronnie Macdonald

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