“The Imaam said, ‘When there is a large gathering, a blessed one, but the people are dispersed and sitting at a distance from the so-called Shaikh [الشيخ المزعوم]—who might [really] be a Shaikh or who might be a fake—…’
Ed. note: ‘Al-Albaani used to frequently refer to himself with this phrase, ‘The so-called Shaikh,’ so think about it, no further explanation needed!’”
Mowsūʿatul-ʿAllāmah, al-Imām, Mujaddidul-ʿAsr Muḥammad Nāṣirud-Dīn al-Albānī, vol. 4, p. 63.