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15 alternative awards from this year's Premier League season

“Are you an ostrich” and more memorable, prize-worthy moments.

1. Best Vine – Tim Sherwood’s 99 Problems

2. Most unfortunate quote with the benefit of hindsight — Brendan Rodgers last season, before spending £115million this season


Runner-up: Brendan Rodgers on Mario Balotelli, just after signing him…

“I think we have done a really smart piece of business here. This transfer represents outstanding value for the club.”

3. Best ostrich-related put-down — Nigel Pearson

Source: Goal/YouTube

4. Most did-they-actually-just-say-that quote

Soccer - Premier League Package Source: Richard Sellers

“I still think I’m the best coach in the Premier League” — John Carver, after seeing Newcastle go eight games without a win.


Soccer - FA Cup - Sixth Round - Aston Villa v West Bromwich Albion - Villa Park Source: EMPICS Sport

“We are looking like a Tim Sherwood side” — Tim Sherwood, after Villa enjoyed an upturn in fortune.

5. Most inexplicable stat – Harry Kane has scored considerably more goals playing for Tottenham in the Premier League than he managed at a lower level playing for Leyton Orient, Millwall, Norwich and Leicester combined

Soccer - Harry Kane Filer Source: Dominic Lipinski

6. Most epic after-dinner speech — Louis van Gaal at Man United’s annual awards ceremony

Source: Love Football/YouTube

7. Most creative conspiracy theory — Jose Mourinho on the ‘campaign’ against Chelsea

Source: Sky Sports/YouTube

8. Most unfortunate choice of words — Gary Neville

Source: The Velocipedestrian/YouTube

9. Best trolling of Steven Gerrard after his red card against Man United

10. Most influential performance in under three minutes of football — Sadio Mane

Source: Kieran Howard/YouTube

11. Worst PR guru — the person who told Raheem Sterling it would be a good idea to do THAT interview

Source: Anfield HQ/YouTube

12. Best opening paragraph — Henry Winter on Nigel Pearson

“There has always been this story circulating in football that Nigel Pearson, Leicester City’s record-breaking manager, once fought a bear in Romania. It wasn’t a bear. It was a pack of five vicious dogs and they almost killed the backpacking Pearson.”

13. Most flattering comparison — Shane Long with Luis Suarez

14. Best wrestling match — John Terry v Raheem Sterling

Source: Grandifame/YouTube

15. Most unorthodox style of defending — Phil Jones


Originally published at 07.05

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Paul Fennessy

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