DG: “I own 50 knickers shops – not 50 oil wells.”

David-GoldA discussion on the ClaretandHugh Facebook page earlier today put me in mind of DG’s most famous and perhaps best ever quote!

During an interview the co-chairman told me as we discussed the lofty ambitions held by all of us – including himself – he said: “It’s important to remember I own 50 knickers shops – not 50 oil wells.”

The co-chairman has a find of amusing – but very insightful one liners – such as “Oh dear call the police!” when James Tomkins pulled his silly stunt at Everton earlier in the season.

In every case he makes his point with good humour and a lot of grace lost on the miserable Twitter trolls who use his good nature to goad him on too many occasions.

That he has issued just two tweets this month announcing the  Winston Reid and Morgan Amalfitano contracts suggests he’s pulling back as he turns more and more to Facebook.

Back to the point: Many seem to believe that as we enter the market for a new manager – where they name every top world boss  – endless funds are available when in reality we are probably looking at around £3 million a year.

The oft mentioned “Allardyce is the world’s 13 best paid manager” was first reported in 2013 and although things have changed since then, the £2.95 million mentioned puts him in the same league at the time as:

15 Roberto Mancini, Galatasaray, £2.92m
15 Rafa Benitez, Napoli, £2.92m
17 Luciano Spaletti, Zenit, £2.75m
18 Claudio Ranieri, Monaco, £2.5m
18 Laurent Blanc, PSG, £2.5m
18 Antonio Conte, Juventus, £2.5m
18 Cesare Prandelli, Italy, £2.5m
22 Massimiliano Allegri, Milan, £2.34m
23 Felipe Scolari, Brazil, £2.3m
24 Ottmar Hitzfeld, Switzerland, £2.17m
25 Mircea Lucescu, Shakhtar, £2.14m
26 Diego Simeone, Atletico Madrid, £2.09m
26 Harry Redknapp, QPR, £2.09m
26 Joachim Low, Germany, £2.09m
29 Walter Mazzarri, Inter Milan, £2m
30 Vecente del Bosque, Spain, £1.96m

If – as is the case with some – aspirations are much higher, here’s what the very “best” would have cost you:

1 Pep Guardiola, Bayern Munich, £14.8m
2 Jose Mourinho, Chelsea, £8.37m
3 Marcelo Lippi, Guangzhou, £8.34m
4 Arsene Wenger, Arsenal, £6.89m
5 Fabio Capello, Russia, £6.51m
6 Carlo Ancelotti, Real Madrid, £6.26m
7 David Moyes, Man United, £4.92m
8 Tata Martino, Barcelona, £4.5m
9 Jurgen Klopp, Borussia Dortmund, £3.59m
10 Manuel Pellegrini, Man City, £3.47m
11 Jorge Jesus, Benfica, £3.34m
12 Brendan Rodgers, Liverpool, £3.25m

Fifty knickers shops will get you, it seems, a middle of the road manager based on those costs and the higher the owners go for their chosen man, the less there will be for new players.

They continue to carry a debt burden which has been alleviated by David Sullivan loans to the club but a financial reality needs to settle over us all as we contemplate how high we should go for a new man – a situation covered very neatly by the DG quote.

And let me hear nobody say “KNICKERS”



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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!" Follow on Twitter @hughsouthon

4 comments on “DG: “I own 50 knickers shops – not 50 oil wells.”

  1. Maybe DS can offer Sam a job as his travelling salesman if he doesnt get a new contract.Im sure he will be able to find enough excuses if the pair he sold didnt turn on the old man of the missus he sold them too.Thats if he actually arrived at their house of course.He has a habit of not turning up to appointments recently.Maybe he is on a knicker selling training course 😉

  2. I wonder how many of these other managers get paid millions of pounds but have never won anything domestically or internationaly in the top flight.Very few i should imagine.

  3. Diego Simeone looks a bargain then at a snip over 2 million. Hasn’t he been linked as a possible replacement?

  4. Yeah replacement for Pellegrini!!

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