WF Quotes of the Week: Vincent Tan's Lucky Numbers, Stockport's Smelly Fans

Tom SunderlandFeatured ColumnistJanuary 5, 2014

WF Quotes of the Week: Vincent Tan's Lucky Numbers, Stockport's Smelly Fans

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    From the owner's boxes to the supporters in the stands, there's not much in the world of football that goes unheard.

    Whether it's a businessman's bizarre wish for how his side go about their transfer business or a couple of "aromatic" fans being asked to leave a stadium on account of their smell, we've seen it all.

    That's not all that awaits in the World Football Quotes of the Week, however.

    Read on to find out more.

Joleon Lescott Retaliates Against "Small Group" of Manchester City Fans

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    Manchester City's 1-1 draw at Blackburn Rovers on Saturday was a disappointing result for Manuel Pellegrini's side and means that the Citizens' FA Cup fate still hangs in the balance.

    However, Joleon Lescott didn't appreciate what some of his club's fans had to say after the game, taking to Twitter to air his grievances against the offending party.

    Per the Manchester Evening News, the 31-year-old centre-back stated:

    Can only apologise for not showin apperception after the game but some comments I heard from a small group of our fans were unnecessary. Won't go into what was said but it was none footballer related & uncalled fore. Apart from that your support is always welcome.

    It's not yet clear what sort of abuse Lescott was referring to, and it may never come to light, but the defender evidently wasn't happy with the reaction to his side's latest result.

    In Lescott's defence, even the biggest of European giants can't get it right every time, and it may be a tad premature for fans to start showing signs of discontent toward a team that's in the knockout stages of the Champions League for the first time in their history and still competing for four major titles.

AFC Wimbledon Sound out Club's Fans to House On-Loan Player

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    AFC Wimbledon have pleaded for their fans' support to put a roof over the head of one of their on-loan squad members.

    A statement on the club's official website reads: 

    If you have a spare room in your family home and live a reasonable distance from AFC Wimbledon, based in Kingston upon Thames, then we would like to hear from you.

    The lodgings will be for players on loan from other clubs on a short-term basis and likely to be for a half-season or less.

    We do have an immediate need for people to come forward, but we wish to hear from anyone who wants to be on our register in the future.

    The predicament shows just how far the club have come from their glory years and is a fairly unheard-of circumstance at the professional level.

    Nonetheless, at least Wimbledon are going about their money-saving tactics in the right way, even if it is one of the more obscure ways of doing so.

Jose Mourinho: 'I Disagree with so Many Foreign Coaches in This Country'

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    Over the last 15 years or so, foreign investment in the Premier League, and indeed the elite level of football as a whole, has gone into overdrive.

    As a result, the division's players and managers alike have taken on a much more "metropolitan" aesthetic, the latter of which doesn't sit entirely well with Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho.

    In the Portuguese's mind, more English players and coaches should open up to the idea of heading abroad for their trade, which could in time lead to a greater number of successful British leaders on home soil.

    The Telegraph's Ian Winrow quotes Mourinho as saying:

    At this moment in the Premier League - and I know I’m speaking against myself – but I disagree with so many foreign coaches in this country. It’s because I don’t see a reason for that because I don’t feel the English managers are in any point behind the foreign ones. But I think if there are no jobs in the country as a manager or a player then you have to go.

    I have to say the managers that are coming here are good. So I’m not saying the people here are not top people, or that they doesn’t deserve to be here. I just feel sorry that in a football country like England managers are not getting enough jobs in this country. The main culture has to be always British.

    Mourinho goes on to point out Steve McClaren's success with FC Twente as a prime example of a manager garnering great pedigree from their time spent abroad.

    There will undoubtedly be those who agree with the Blues boss, but the Premier League in particular may have reached a point of no return when it comes to its pattern of hiring managers.

Stockport County Fans Write Anonymous Letter to Smelly Fans

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    Nobody ever wants to be told they stink, so when a couple of Stockport County supporters started to emit some peculiar scents at Edgeley Park, at least the offended party had enough decency to write a carefully worded letter telling them to "have a good wash."

    A report from the Manchester Evening News' Pete Bainbridge details the contents of the letter, which was found by a fellow Hatter and sent in due to its comedic value.

    The letter reads:

    Sorry. There's no way to put this without hurting your feelings, but one or both of you stinks and it is ruining the experience of those around you.

    Many of us are season ticket holders and it is very unfair that we have to spend the best part of two hours every game with a foul smell like this around us. Please either have a good wash and change your clothes or go and sit elsewhere.

    Thanks. And yes, it is that bad.

    In response to the incident, a Stockport County spokesman stated: "Well, let's hope the fans are enjoying the sweet smell of success in the near future, instead of that!"

    It's not the nicest way of telling someone they reek, but as the letter mentions, there may be no such route.

Vincent Tan Tells Cardiff: "Sign Players with the Number 8 in Their Birth Date"

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    Vincent Tan's ownership of Cardiff City has been lambasted for numerous incidents over the last two years, including their colour change, from the iconic blue to red, and the controversial firing of manager Malky Mackay.

    However, this week's revelation at the Cardiff City Stadium was more laughable than angering, after it was revealed that the Malaysian businessman wants to see his side signing players with the number eight in their birthday.

    According to the Metro's Jamie Sanderson, Tan's superstitions are now moving further into the transfer market and, if true, can certainly be considered ludicrous.

    There's no beating around the proverbial bush on that one.

    If there were still a player alive born on August 8, 1888, the Bluebirds would most certainly be in business.

    However, as things stand, Tan will have to settle for players born on the eighth of any month, in August, in the 1980s or in 1998 if he's to get his wish.

Karl-Heinz Rummenigge Says Lewandowski Arrival Doesn't Equal Mandzukic Sale

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    Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has insisted that despite the fact that Robert Lewandowski will be arriving at the club this summer, Mario Mandzukic's place within Bayern Munich is safe.

    BBC Sport announced this weekend that Der FCB had agreed a pre-contract agreement with Lewandowski and that the Black and Yellows striker would join as a free transfer in time for the 2014-15 campaign.

    Goal.com have reported the Bayern CEO as saying:

    We're very pleased with Mario. He made a significant contribution to us winning so many trophies last year.

    He's a great player who is thriving at Bayern. He has a contract with us until 30 June 2016, and I told his agent during the Club World Cup that we're willing to consider an early contract extension.

    It is by no means a topic of discussion that we want to sell Mario.

    Mandzukic has been a big figure for the Bundesliga and Champions League title holders since arriving at the Allianz Arena in 2012, but there was concern that a Lewandowski capture could mean his playing time diminishes as a result.

    If Rummenigge is to be believed, however, both forwards could remain with die Roten for a long time to come.