Great football managers always have their own famous quotes. These quotes are like their philosophies in life which they apply to football. For others, these things may not make sense at all, because life is not all about football and it is "only" football anyway.
Bill Shankly, one of the greatest managers Liverpool FC ever had, is also famous for his quotes. Among others is this one:
"If you are first you are first. If you are second you are nothing"
This quote means nothing but number one is accepted by his standard in football, a philosophy which he tried to instill into his players.
Shankly is loved by the red half of Liverpool because he could make them proud of following The Reds. As he said once, "I was only in the game for the love of football - and I wanted to bring happiness to the people of Liverpool". He was worshipped because he talked with his heart to his people. Another quote from him is this one:
"I know this is a sad occasion but I think that Dixie would be amazed to know that even in death he could draw a bigger crowd than Everton can on a Saturday Afternoon." (At Dixie Dean's funeral)
Some of his quotes actually sound a bit arrogant, but then this arrogance was meant to instill confidence into his players' and the fans' minds. For example, in regard of "This-Is-Anfield" plaque, he said, "This is to remind our lads who they're playing for, and to remind the opposition who they're playing against".
Perhaps, the reasons for Shankly successes in the past are as follows:
"A lot of football success is in the mind. You must believe you are the best and then make sure you are"
"Aim for the sky and you will reach the ceiling. Aim for the ceiling and you'll stay on the floor"
"I was the best manager in Britain because I was never devious or cheated anyone. I'd break my wife's legs if I played against her, but I'd never cheat her."
Bill Shankly (1914-1981) - Rest In Peace...