Sports quotes of the year

Morecambe heavyweight champion Tyson Fury's comments caused  a furore

Morecambe heavyweight champion Tyson Fury's comments caused a furore

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From the controversial to the downright silly, this is what our sports stars came out with in 2015.

“I can’t explain how it feels. It’s an absolute dream” Wales manager Chris Coleman after guiding his side to Euro 2016, their first major tournament since 1958.

“I wouldn’t like to comment on that. We may have rehydration issues” Northern Ireland Michael O’Neill manager hints that his players may have enjoyed a drink or two when asked how they celebrated their Euro 2016 qualification.

“Yes, why wouldn’t he be? He didn’t have the baby. Unless he’s breastfeeding he should be all right” Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane expects record scorer Robbie Keane to be available to face Germany despite the arrival of his second son.

“I’m unbelievable inside the pitch” Cristiano Ronaldo, amid the publicity surrounding the release of a film about his career, leaves people in no doubt how highly he rates himself.

“I’m aware there has been intense media speculation surrounding my future in the last 24 hours and I want to set the record straight. I’m not leaving. I’m staying at the football club and I can’t wait for the start of the season and captaining this great football club” Aston Villa captain Fabian Delph categorically denies he will be joining Manchester City. He kept his word for just six days.

“This has been the toughest decision of my life and one which both me and my family have agonised over for a good deal of time” Liverpool great Steven Gerrard announces he is to leave Anfield and end a 27-year association with the Reds.

“I wasn’t happy with my medical staff because even if you are a medical doctor or secretary on the bench, you have to understand the game. If you go to the pitch to assist a player, then you must be sure that a player has a serious problem. I was sure that Eden didn’t have a serious problem. He had a knock and was very tired” Sparking a row that overshadowed Chelsea’s start to the 2015-16 season, manager Jose Mourinho criticises club medics Eva Carneiro and Jon Fearn for entering the field to treat an apparently injured player.

“The first captain is Wayne Rooney and the second captain is Michael Carrick. Last year the third captain was Mr Mike Smalling” Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal – not for the only time – gets defender Chris Smalling’s name wrong. “If you don’t understand that question then I think you are an ostrich – your head must be in the sand. Is your head in the sand?” In an extraordinary exchange, Nigel Pearson takes exception to a question asked to him by a reporter in a Leicester press conference.

“He is definitely not signing. He’s not signing for £700,000, £800,000, £900,000 a week. He is not signing” Raheem Sterling’s agent Aidy Ward makes clear his client has no intention of staying at Liverpool. He later joined Manchester City for £49million.

“Sad how I can’t say exactly how the club has treated me but I can officially say I will never play Jeremy Peace” Striker Saido Berahino takes to Twitter to hit out at West Brom and their chairman Jeremy Peace after his proposed move to Tottenham collapses on deadline day.

“If we close Sunderland – if we put a China Wall around the city – it would be fantastic” Gus Poyet hits out at criticism of his Sunderland team from the press after they are dumped out of the FA Cup by giant-killers Bradford.

“Everything I’m touching is going in. Long may that continue” Leicester’s Jamie Vardy enjoys a golden spell that saw him score in a Premier League record 11 consecutive games.

“Winner winner chicken dinner” Unheralded Stuart Bingham doesn’t seem quite sure what to say and comes out with this bizarre comment after upsetting the odds to win snooker’s World Championship.

“The bright side is at least I kicked Rickie’s butt today” Tiger Woods at least sees the funny side after shooting a 10-over-par 80 in the first round at the US Open. Playing partner Rickie Fowler shot 81.

“Total rupture of left ATFL and associated joint capsule damage in a soccer kickabout with friends” In an abrupt posting on his Instagram account, with accompanying picture, Rory McIlroy announces he has suffered ankle ligament damage playing football just over a week before he was due to defend his Open title.

“I’m just gutted, gutted for all the fans and everyone at home. I’m sorry we let everyone down” England head coach Stuart Lancaster apologises after the host nation are dumped out of their own World Cup at the group stage.

“I have to apologise to the nation. It was just not good enough. It was unacceptable and I take full responsibility” South Africa coach Heyneke Meyer is also regretful after his side are stunned by minnows Japan in their opening World Cup game.

“Mike may be a bit upset and that’s fine. What did he say? That I missed my mum? Who doesn’t miss their mum?” Sam Burgess hits back at criticism from Bath coach Mike Ford after quitting rugby union in the wake of England’s World Cup failure to return to rugby league with South Sydney Rabbitohs.

“It’s not sunk in yet, but I’ll reflect on it in a few weeks when I’m sat on a sun lounger and I’ll be able to reflect on what an incredible achievement this has been” Captain Kevin Sinfield cherishes the perfect ending to his glittering rugby league career as Leeds Rhinos complete the treble with Super League Grand Final victory.

“Time to remove every item of clothing and run through the streets of Glasgow” Andy Murray is overjoyed after team-mate Jamie Ward helps get Great Britain off to a flying start in their Davis Cup first-round tie against the United States. It was the start of a run that led to victory in the whole tournament.

“It’s been a perfect day for us. I never dreamt I’d be able to get eight wickets in a spell. My previous best-ever bowling was seven for 12 against Kimbolton School Under-15s” Stuart Broad reflects on his career-best eight for 15 after Australia were skittled for 60 at Trent Bridge, putting England in sight of Ashes series victory.

“I think being a world champion sounds a lot better than winning a race, obviously” World champion Lewis Hamilton reminds Nico Rosberg who took 2015’s big prize after his Mercedes team-mate ended the season with three straight wins.

“I believe a woman’s best place is in the kitchen and on her back” When Tyson Fury exploded into mainstream conscience with his stunning heavyweight world title win over Wladimir Klitschko, so did a number of the outspoken boxer’s controversial comments. This was just one of them.