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Four sporting ‘I quit’ U-turns ahead of Berahino’s Baggies return

| 08.09.2015

In what was another dramatic transfer Deadline Day earlier this month, West Bromwich Albion striker Saido Berahino angrily lashed out at his club on Twitter, seemingly ruling out ever playing for the Baggies again after a failed attempted switch to Tottenham.

Although, with the England Under-21 international set to make a return to Premier League action for the Baggies, who are 4/1 with Coral for a top 10 finish this season, Coral writers look at five other ‘I quit’ U-turns from the world of sport.

Floyd Mayweather
After his dethroning of the legendary Oscar De La Hoya in 2007, five-division world champion Mayweather outlined his intentions to retire from the sport, claiming he had nothing left to prove to anybody or himself.

Although, that threat was swiftly backtracked the following year as the undefeated pound-for-pound king returned to face Britain’s Ricky Hatton at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

‘Money’ has claimed his upcoming bout with Andre Berto is definitely his final ever fight and he is 13/8 to secure a stoppage victory in his apparent career curtain closer.

Watch ‘Money’ Mayweather’s best highlights from that famous victory over De La Hoya in 2007.

Ronnie O’Sullivan
Known as ‘the Rocket’ on the baize, O’Sullivan has sensationally rallied to five world snooker championship crowns in his illustrious career, collecting an impressive 27 ranking titles in total, and is 9/2 to triumph at the crucible again in next year.

Arguably the sport’s greatest ever cueist may be rapid at the table, but snooker fans will know more than anyone that this electrifying break-builder is just as quick to threaten retirement, having done so on countless occasions.

Now at the age of 39, O’Sullivan may track down Stephen Hendry’s record of seven world titles before actually calling it a day, but he threatened to do so in 2007, 2010, 2012 and most recently earlier this year.

Snooker - SAGA Insurance Masters 2007 - Wembley Arena

Sir Alex Ferguson
Former Manchester United boss Ferguson is still the most successful manager in football history, but he may not have lifted as much silverware if he had gone through with early retirement plans in 2001.

The Old Trafford legend had initially planned to end his managerial career in 2002, but his wife Cathy played a part in shelving those plans during the Christmas period in 2001, bluntly telling Ferguson: “One, your health is good. Two, I’m not having you in the house. And three, you’re too young anyway.”

Ferguson did eventually retire in 2013, leaving the club in the hands of David Moyes, a decision which didn’t exactly work out for anybody.

Soccer - Sir Alex Ferguson File Photo

Ali Carter
Another snooker star in our list, this time in the form of two-time Crucible runner-up Carter, who seriously threatened to call time on his playing career prematurely.

The Essex-born potter has clinched three ranking crowns during his time at the top of this majestic sport, but was close to closing the curtain in 2011, after suffering a defeat to Mark Allen in the UK Championship second round that year.

Stating at the time on Twitter: “I’m going to retire at the end of the season! And I can’t wait!

“I’m dead serious, life is too short to do something you don’t enjoy, 25 years is enough! Pastures new….”

Although, ‘the Captain’ couldn’t stay away and came back, after courageously battling cancer, making a jubilant return to the baize in 2014, much to the delight of snooker fans worldwide.

Watch Carter make a magnificent maximum break on his way towards the 2008 Word Snooker Championship final in Sheffield.



Lee Gormley

Lee joined the Coral team in 2014 after studying at Leeds Trinity University, having moved across the water from Ireland, and has plenty of industry experience from his time with various news outlets in both England and Northern Ireland. After graduating with a BA Honours degree in Sports Journalism, he has since become an important member of the talented sports desk, passionately covering boxing, football and snooker, among many other sports. Lee is also a massive Manchester United and Republic of Ireland fan, but curbs any bias during his work, and outside of his job can be found regularly taking part in sport himself, such as boxing, GAA and football.