There were days I recall as a young journalist when players and coaches would often give juicy quotes, much like Gavin Hunt still does today. But the majority of stars in the industry these days are well trained in giving out the safe quotes.
Safe quotes are the ones that don’t say anything really. You won’t get into trouble and nor will your club. But you provide little insight or depth either.
So here are the top 8 most common, non-descriptive quotes that you will see in PSL circles. The ones you hope to avoid …
When playing against Chiefs
“Every player in the country wants to do well when they play Kaizer Chiefs, it’s always nice to measure yourself against the best teams.”
“I want to focus on getting regular game time, then get into the Bafana Bafana team and one day play in Europe, preferably at Barcelona in La Liga.”
“We had a great season, but we had nothing to show for it in terms of silverware. This season we want to finish with some silverware and finish in a better position than we did last season.”
“I’m happy here. But if I did get a call from those teams I would look at what they offer and decide whether it makes sense for me to leave.”
“I really don’t know about these rumours. Besides, my manager is taking care of this side of things for me.”
“I have not been told by the coach why he is not playing me. But it is not for me to go an ask him. I will just keep working hard until I get my chance.”
The classic Bafana call-up:
“Have I been called up? Really? You are the first one to tell me this. Well, I am really excited about my call up to the national team and thanks for letting me know.”
Play me anywhere coach:
“I don’t really have a preferred position, as long as I get to play. I will play anywhere the coach asks me to play.”