26 December 1994, Griffin Park, London, United Kingdom
John Sitton was coach as Leyton Orient faced fanancial collapse in 1994-5 season. This rant appeared in the documentary Orient: Yours for a Fiver. Language warning.
I’ll tell you the fucking truth
I said to him on the bench, there’s no fucking players anymore! I want to say, I’ll fucking, do with you. From me to Lee Shearer you’re saying, go on,you have a six yard run at me.
You can’t mark like that in the fucking box!
He’s popped it in, that’s the fucking second goal. The third goal, I know I’ve told you to stay up, but you’ve gone from one extreme to the other ...
Well now I'll tell ya! I'll fucking tell ya! What this fucking geezer wants. But you, you'd have sussed him out. He's looked at it, and there's about six or seven of you in ere, he's eight, Westys nine, who are on 35 grand a year plus.
You've all gotta go. You've all gotta go. Any of yer on 35 grand and all that, you've all gotta go. He [the chairman] wants to bring players in on 250 pound a week. He wants a wage bill of 5 grand a week. That's what he wants.
But who's gonna fucking come and take ya? On that performance. What he don't know, he's playing with the big boys now it's a different ballgame.
he don't realise that contracts mean something
But what he's thinking about, because he's got the clout, he's thinking about offering you settlements. That's what he's thinking, and I said to him, out on the sideline, I hole me hands up ... I'm beginning to think the geezers right!
Because I know if Shearan'd be in a kit, you'd be off!
And I know if Wilkie be in a kit, you'd be off!
Because I'd get more out of them fucking kids! Bernie there is holding the back four together, and the only one who's done any work is the goalkeeper.
So I'm beginning to think he's right. Let's get people in on 200 pound a week and 250 pound a week. They might fucking listen. And then we can get the back right, and then we can get the midfield right, and then we can move to the forwards.
He might be right! I think he is right! Because none of you, except for those two, have done anything to justify the money that you are being paid. None of you!
You're a fucking disgrace!
Fuck the technical shit, it's down to this [taps heart]
In the words of Graham Taylor, to his fucking crew, when he was coach of Aston Villa, you got us into the is fucking mess, now you get us out of it!'