#sports activities Micky Quinn begrudges Erling Haaland for beating his long-standing goalscoring record
‘He’s not higher than me but!’ Rather than welcome Erling Haaland breaking one in every of his goalscoring information this week, Micky Quinn is reeling off these which stay his personal.
Haaland scored his ninth objective in his first 5 Premier League appearances when netting a hat-trick throughout Manchester City’s 6-0 win over Nottingham Forest on Wednesday.
Quinn’s tally, from 1992 and within the colors of the much less modern Coventry City, was eight.
Micky Quinn’s record of eight targets in 5 video games for Coventry in 1992 had stood for 30 years
‘I’m not one in every of these fellas who says, “My record is there to be broken”,’ the 60-year-old tells Sportsmail. ‘B****cks! I didn’t need it to be. I’m pleased with these information.
‘Anyway, he couldn’t rating in each one in every of his first 5 matches, may he? I did. I additionally scored 10 from my first six video games. He’s obtained to attempt to beat that at Aston Villa.
‘I’m going to ring Steven Gerrard and inform them to nobble him, or wherever they’re having their pre-match meal, put a sleeping pill in his tea!’
Quinn says all of this with a smile and a cackle, however he isn’t essentially joking. It is that self-belief and fierce delight of their craft which separates nice goalscorers from others who merely play the identical place. He sees that in Haaland.
The former striker declared himself extra of a poacher and mentioned that his targets had been essential to Coventry staying up within the inaugural Premier League marketing campaign
‘It doesn’t matter in case you’ve obtained six bellies or a six pack, you’ll rating targets with that intuition,’ says Quinn, who carried a rotund midriff via his profession however was whippet-like within the field.
‘It’s born, that’s. He has the identical starvation I did.
‘It’s that want to get within the field and rating any sort of objective and be pleased with it.
‘Some strikers hardly celebrate, but this kid loves scoring goals. I scored 100 goals in training during the week and I enjoyed every one of them as much as a Saturday. He’s obtained that pleasure about him.
Erling Haaland has scored back-to-back hat-tricks for Manchester City taking his tally to 9
‘He looks the real deal. He’s highly effective, sturdy, quick, he will get down the channels. I wasn’t one for operating down channels, f*** that, I used to be extra of a poacher.
‘But what I like about Haaland is that he’s an old-school finisher, too. He’s within the field, lurking on the far publish for a tap-in. They all depend the identical.’
Would Quinn rating targets on this City aspect? ‘I’ll throw that again at you — would Haaland rating targets for Coventry? The names got here up on TV this week of the targets scored in our first 5 video games — Haaland, Quinn, Sergio Aguero, Diego Costa. They are within the prime groups.
‘I was in a mid-table side, battling against relegation — that is why I couldn’t maintain it over a season. My provide line was being bought round me. City conserving including to theirs! So sure, I’d rating bucketloads in that City crew.’
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Quinn was bought by First Division Newcastle to Coventry for £250,000 in November 1992, after falling out of favour with Kevin Keegan.
‘Bobby Gould (the Coventry manager) told me, “I want you to score the goals to keep us in the Premier League”. I’m abruptly considering, “Hold on, I had a £100 bet on Coventry to be relegated at the start of the season!”. But I stored us up — and the objective bonuses quickly made up for the wager.’
In Quinn’s fifth sport, the Sky Blues confronted his boyhood membership Liverpool at Highfield Road per week earlier than Christmas. ‘My uncles and my dad got here down. “We’ll go and see our Mick. We hope he has a good game, but we want Liverpool to smash them”. We beat them 5-1 and I scored two.
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‘I walked into the players’ lounge afterwards. They’re all stood on the bar with faces so long as a horse. I mentioned, “F*** me, you not going to congratulate your nephew? What about you, Dad?” All of them, via gritted tooth, “Oh yeah, well done”.
‘We got the minibus back to Liverpool to my dad’s pub. As I walked in, all of the Everton followers had been shopping for me a drink! I didn’t have to purchase a pint all evening.’
Quinn won’t be toasting Haaland ought to he rating one other two at Villa Park at present. But he’ll if he beats Andy Cole and Alan Shearer’s record of 34 targets in a Premier League marketing campaign.
‘He will smash all manner of records if he stays injury-free,’ says Quinn. ‘But he’s an enormous lad, he appears like he may take a kick. He may find yourself being the very best we’ve ever seen, he’s that good.’
Quinn, as ever, needs the final phrase. ‘Still didn’t rating in his first 5 video games, although.’