The Dugout - 60 seconds with Dave Bassett

Wed, 04 Jan 12:27:00 2012

The managerial legend lifts the lid on a karaoke catastrophe and reveals his dream dinner party guests.

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If you hadn't been a football manager, what career would you have had instead?

I was in the insurance business, I had my own company. So I would probably have stayed in that.

What was your first car?

It was a Ford Thames van - a small one, five hundredweight.

What in your opinion is the greatest song ever recorded?

George Benson - The Greatest Love Of All.

Have you sung it at Karaoke - if not, what do you sing?

I did karaoke once in Tulsa and was booed off! I was singing The Green, Green Grass Of Home by Tom Jones and I was booed continuously. I didn't really want to do it, but everybody had to do a song. I'm tone deaf, and I think I was dragged off before I finished it!

What's your TV guilty pleasure (what do you like to watch when you have time?)

I like the biographies. Things like the Kennedy story.

If somebody made a film of your life, which actor would you like to play you?

Charlie Sheen!

What's the nicest place you've ever visited?

Portofino in Italy. Beautiful place.

If you could throw a dinner party for any three people in history, dead or alive, who would they be?

Elton John, who I had for dinner when I was Watford manager. A brilliant bloke, and he could entertain us playing the piano as well. Frank Sinatra, because I would like to know what was going on with the mafia in America and the Kennedies and all that. And... Margaret Thatcher. Not Meryl Streep, the real one.

What would you cook for them?

I wouldn't! I'd take them to a restaurant because I can't cook.

What has been the highlight of your career so far?

Probably representing the England amateur team when I was a player.

What is your favourite sport apart from football?

It used to be cricket, but I'd have to say golf now as that's the game I still play.