"I don't understand these West Ham fans who think you win games by playing football. You don't win games by passing the ball. That's a stupid idea. Where has passing the ball ever got West Ham? OK, they have won a few FA Cups and a Cup Winners Cup and finished third in the old First Division and a few years back, under that tactical numpty Pardew, finished in the top ten and played their part in the greatest FA Cup final ever, but that doesn't stand comparison with my record."
"Look, I didn't get where I am today by playing pretty football. There's only one way to play football in my book. Pack the team with big guys and hoof the ball forward. Look at West Ham's record against my teams before I became their manager. I relegated them when they had footballers like Joe Cole, Di Canio, Carrick and Kanoute in the team. That's where pretty football gets you: into the Championship. And once you're down in the dregs there's only one way to play. When you're up against shit you have to be shit yourself. It stands to reason."
"Look at us today. A fancy dan West Ham team passing the ball could have lost that game. One misplaced pass in midfield and that's your lot. We saw it against Cardiff and Ipswich. But that was before I settled on MY tactics, that was before I set the benchmark at Brighton, that was before this team became MY team. And there was no way we were going to lose against Bristol City."
"Of course it was frustrating not to win but the clean sheet was important. That's why I took off Baldock and Sears. We needed Diop to tighten things up and Cole to try to win things at set pieces. That's the best way to score goals. Pump it high, pump it long, get the big guys charging into the box, hoping for the ball to land on a big black head and deflect into the corner of the net."
"It's down to percentages. Hit enough high balls hopefully into the box, attack them with enough big black guys, and sooner or later you should score. Look at us tonight. Second half we had Diop, Cole, Piquionne and Faye all in the box at set pieces. And Tomkins, McCartney and Nolan aren't short either. You have to reckon on scoring at least one with that lot. The delivery of the corners was poor of course. That's what cost us, not my team selection nor my tactical limitations."
"As for the West Ham fans who booed when Baldock was taken off, they can just bugger off. What do they know about the game? Sweet FA. They haven't managed clubs, so they haven't got a right to an opinion. I am Sam. I am the man. I know how to win games. It's the Sam Way or no way."
"West Ham traditions? Bollocks to West Ham traditions!"