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The Problem With… Mark Lawrenson

11 years ago

Rumours sweep around the media that with the BBC struggling for cash they might ditch their Football League Show and even Match Of The Day in 2013 when the contract runs out.

Some have pointed the finger at Alan Hansen’s alleged £40,000 a week pay but while I’m no big fan of his, I’d rather he got that than Lawrenson got a penny of my license fee.

‘Lawro’ clearly has it in for Newcastle and I take it as a compliment that in his weekly predictions on the BBC Sport website he has us down to get beat pretty much eleven times out of ten!

I wonder if his bitterness is mainly down to his at the time much heralded arrival as Newcastle’s defensive coach under Kevin Keegan and the total dog’s dinner he made of that job.

I remember at the time bumping into him at the Quay Club, which was a nightclub on Dean Street, and having to stop my mate from lamping him.

Darren Peacock was a regular in there at the time and I also bumped into Dietmar Hamann once, as well as errr….Denise Welch, now it’s a lapdancing club and I’m not sure whether that would be counted as progress. Depends where you’re standing…or sitting I suppose.

Anyway, Mark Lawrenson is somebody who has managed, without any noticeable talent, to get himself a nice little earner with the BBC.

It would be a crying shame if the Beeb turned its back on football but that would be softened considerably if it meant our mate Lawrenson was out of a job.

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