A few of Chairman Kens well documented quotes...
Bates on MANAGERS AND PLAYERS
Ruud Gullit. I didn't like his arrogance. In fact, I never liked him. But
while he was delivering the goods, there was no problem. When he lost the
plot he had to go."
parted on good terms with Luca Vialli. As he left the room and I led him
to the door, we departed with the usual Italian formalities of a bear hug
and a kiss."
takes one to know one. I'm surprised Martin O'Neill actually knows a word
as big as cretin."
delighted for Claudio Ranieri that we beat Fulham in the FA Cup
semi-final, as if we'd lost yesterday, it would have been a pity to sack
him just after he'd signed a new contract!"
who criticise referees should be banned from the touchline and if they
can't control their players they should be suspended themselves."
not being funny but some of the home-grown kids don't know what it's like
in the real world and don't realise how great Chelsea Football Club
not reading them bedtime stories any more."
is no escaping the fact Chris Sutton was a disaster. His attitude wasn't
right towards the end. He wasn't good for Chelsea."
Who does he play for? I've only ever heard of his brother, Ukelele."
got calls from Italy last summer and one agent offered me Gabriel
Batistuta. He told me 'Batistuta wants to come to Chelsea'. I said 'I'm
sure he does, but we've stopped signing pensioners'."
"Everybody wants to speak to me now I've got money."
Bates on BEING IN THE BOARDROOM
Jesus Christ only had one Pontius Pilate - I had a whole team of
put in 70 hours a week and quite honestly Chelsea could not pay me what
needed someone with bigger pockets than I have got."
king is dead. Well he's retired anyway."
Bates on THE FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION
first they were a shambles. Now they have descended via farce to make them
a laughing stock. It has come to a pretty pass when Fifa criticise our
remind me of New Labour spin-doctors, which I'm sure in one or two cases
they'd quite like to be. Let them put a name to their quotes if that's
what they think of me. They won't because they're cowards."
Bates on FANS
among fans is grossly exaggerated when you see what they spend elsewhere.
A small minority are poor and can't afford it."
what makes them [corporate hospitality clients] any different from the fan
who meets his mates around the corner from the ground, eats pie and chips
at a local restaurant, washed down by a bottle of wine or a few pints and
then walks to the ground?"
those toilet rolls coming on from Besiktas fans was orchestrated. They
wanted to get the kick-off delayed so they would know what the other
result was before our game finished. I said to Roman Abramovich, 'if you
fancy making another billion, go and open another toilet factory in
AND WHAT THEY SAID ABOUT HIM
any chairman since Mao had more faith in his own opinions than Ken Bates?
If laying down the law was an Olympic sport the Chelsea chief would be
staggering under the weight of gold medals."
he was Julius Caesar, then he was Jesus Christ, now he appears to be
Bates said 'if Phil Collins wants to come in for a drink, he'll have to
buy the club'. So, like, if I could have connected, I would have
likes a grandstand and he will go out with a bang. Remember this. Without
Ken Bates there wouldn't have been a Chelsea remotely attractive to Roman
hope his nose is out of joint. He certainly put my nose out and he wasn't
a nice man at times - but he has left the club healthier than he found
Bates does not know the meaning of gratitude. He is arrogant and has made
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