The Run of Play is a blog about
the wonder and terror of soccer.
We left the window open during a match in October 2007 and a strange wind blew into the room.
Now we walk the forgotten byways of football with a lonely tread, searching for the beautiful, the bewildering, the haunting, and the absurd.
Quotes from Croatia coach Slaven Bilic on the rumors linking him to the vacant managerial position at West Ham United:
It is great that I’m linked to the club from the best league in the world but it doesn’t make my work with the national team harder.
In training we always make jokes. Players tease me to take them to England as well. The interest of West Ham is proof that we are doing a great job with the national team.
Quotes from Croatian Football Federation President Vlatko Markovic on the rumors linking Slaven Bilic to the vacant managerial position at West Ham United:
This is another dirty trick by the English. They obviously want to cause trouble for us before we play. It’s typical of the sleaze in English football…
We are very suspicious and unhappy as it is not the first time something like this has happened with England.
Why do I have the impression that one of these people is trying to put out a fire that the other is frantically twisting newspaper scraps to feed?
by Brian Phillips · September 8, 2008