The Dugout - 60 seconds with David O'Leary

Wed, 26 Oct 10:00:00 2011

We spent a minute with David O'Leary, who invites a pair of sporting legends round for dinner.

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

I really hoped football would take pity on me and I wouldn't have to think about that because I don't think I would have had a clue about what wanted to do. From being a kid, watching Match of the Day and playing on the streets in Dublin every day after school, football has been the only thing. I got lucky, and I'm so grateful because everything I have is down to soccer.

What was your first car?

An unbelievably fantastic battered old 1300 L Escort. I was told it had 30,000 miles on the clock when I bought it, but when I sold it I was told it could have been more like 90,000. But it was a great old car, automatic. Broke down the first time I went on the motorway, I hadn't a clue what to do, but it was a great car.

What is the greatest song ever recorded?

Hotel California by The Eagles. The first concert I ever went to was at Wembley Arena, when  I was on about two quid a week at Arsenal. I got seats that were above the pigeons and went to see the Eagles.

What's your TV guilty pleasure?

I loved watching Only Fools and Horses over the years.

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

I'd love George Clooney to play me - it would be good for the ego if people said he looked like me.

Have you ever been mistaken for someone else who is also famous?

People often say to me 'Hello Niall' meaning Niall Quinn. I'm very pleased about that because he's the rich one out of the two of us!

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

I've been lucky enough to be taken around the world through football. I would probably have to say the Maldives.

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

I'd say JFK, Jack Nicklaus and Ayrton Senna.

What would you cook for them?

What would I try to burn for them, you mean! I'd cook anything that fits in a microwave!

What is your favourite sport apart from football?

I love following tennis all over the world. I've been lucky enough to see it in Australia and New York, and I go to Wimbledon every year. I love a lot of sports. I love golf, I like Formula One and motor racing. I like going to a day at the horse racing with nice people.

Crystal ball time – what do you think you will be doing in 2030?

I just hope I'm healthy and able to enjoy life, and able to do the things that make me happy.

David O'Leary was speaking to Yahoo!'s 'The Dugout' through its partnership with the League Managers Association