• Week in Words

Lions, nutters and mad Italians

ESPN staff
April 7, 2013
Harry Redknapp always has been an entertainer © PA Photos

This week, Harry Redknapp takes his eye off the ball, Audley Harrison becomes an easy target and Rafael Benitez turns to stand-up comedy. It's the Week in Words...

"The world is full of nutters who are going to send you messages slagging you off."
Harry Redknapp describes the world of Twitter and Joey Barton.

"I like the Premier League, of course. They shoot a lot."
Victor Valdes is clearly bored of watching Barcelona keep the ball for 90 minutes. Stoke might be his ideal destination.

"I'm a starving lion that's ready to eat. On April 27 my next meal will be served. On the menu: Audley Harrison. Bon appetite."
If Deontay Wilder is a starving lion, Harrison is a lame zebra.

"I'm a martial artist. If somebody attacks me in the street, do I say: 'Not today mate, I'm not ready'?"
Tom Kong Watson considers the Audley Harrison approach to fighting.

"They were on a leash but I think if that thing had wanted to eat me, it would have eaten me."
Tough to know if Saracens fly-half Owen Farrell is talking about the wolves brought into a club meeting or Deontay Wilder.

"I would like to give him a punch."
Roberto Mancini isn't Samir Nasri's biggest fan. Probably fancies his chances against Audley Harrison too.

"That's what you get for not reading your contract properly."
Harry Redknapp reveals how QPR tricked him into becoming their manager.

"You call me the mad Italian so I will bet all I've got."
If you see Paolo Di Canio heading down Sunderland high street with a wheelbarrow full of cash, he'll be heading to the bookmakers to bet on Sunderland staying up.

"This kind of injury? At least two weeks. That means for us maybe 20 games or something."
Rafael Benitez showed his true calling in life is as a stand-up comic when assessing Ashley Cole's latest injury.

"You look at Alex Ferguson and he is the oldest dinosaur in the game."
Currently unemployed, Martin O'Neill may want to begin his Old Trafford interview again.

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