Someone, somewhere surely must hire Gordon Strachan back after he resigned (ie. forcefully shoved out by the Chairman) from Middlesboro today. The man has got to be the most quotable football manager ever. Here’s a sampling:
Reporter: This might sound like a daft question, but you’ll be happy to get your first win under your belt, won’t you?
Strachan: You’re right. It is a daft question. I’m not even going to bother answering that one. It is a daft question, you’re spot on there.
Reporter: Bang, there goes your unbeaten run. Can you take it?
Strachan: No, I’m just going to crumble like a wreck. I’ll go home, become an alcoholic and maybe jump off a bridge. Umm, I think I can take it, yeah.
Reporter: Gordon, Do you think James Beattie deserves to be in the England squad?
Strachan: I dont care, I’m Scottish
Reporter: “Gordon, can we have a quick word please?”
Strachan: “Velocity” [walks off]
Reporter: You don’t take losing lightly, do you Gordon?
Strachan: I don’t take stupid comments lightly either.
Besides, how many other players have had a song as good as this written for them. Enjoy. “Strachan” by the Hitchers.
My favourite Gordon Strachan moment though sums him up perfectly. He’s just scored what is considered one of the best goals of the 1986 World Cup against West Germany (shame that Maradona had to have one or two that overshadowed his) and he runs to the sideline to celebrate closer to the Scottish fans. He goes to hurdle the signage on the track and realizes there’s no way he’s tall enough to make it. So within seconds of scoring the biggest goal of his life he’s pretending to throw a leg over the sign. It’s not shown on the video but at 36 seconds you see him standing by the sign contemplating what the hell he’s going to do. The goal follows.
And having just watched that compilation of the best goals of the 1986 World Cup, I’d have to say I don’t think many tournament’s “best goal” packages are going to top that. Wow.