John Motson claims Harry Kane will be ‘feeling pretty sick’ after Tottenham Hotspur threw away a two goal lead against Arsenal

2 Sep

John Motson believes Harry Kane will be feeling ‘pretty sick’ after watching Tottenham Hotspur throw away a two goal lead against bitter rivals Arsenal on Sunday.

Mauricio Pochettino’s men were sitting comfortably after Kane tucked away a first half penalty to add to Christian Eriksen’s strike at the Emirates.

Harry Kane has never beaten Arsenal at the Emirates in the Premier League
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Spurs have not won a league game at the Emirates Stadium since November 2010 and were pegged back to draw 2-2 thanks to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Kane’s penalty – his 10th goal in his last 10 games against Arsenal – put them in prime position to end their hoodoo in this fixture.

And Motson believes the England captain will be extremely displeased with the way Spurs crumbled under pressure.

“Arsenal are still probably fragile in the sense of their defence,” the legendary commentator told Hawksbee and Jacobs. “And I think Spurs are good going forward, but are a little bit fragile at full-back I would say.

The England captain scored his tenth goal in north London derby history
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“I mean, they haven’t got a recognised right-back!

“The thing is, Harry Kane must be feeling pretty sick because to score his tenth goal in the north London derby – which equals the Bobby Smith record of many years ago – only to see his side lose a two goal lead.

“I think the key moment was just before half time, I was thinking ‘If Spurs go in here two-nil up what a great opportunity they have got’.

“But I had a feeling that goal was going to come.”

John Motson claims Harry Kane will be ‘feeling pretty sick’ after Tottenham Hotspur threw away a two goal lead against Arsenal

2 Sep

John Motson believes Harry Kane will be feeling ‘pretty sick’ after watching Tottenham Hotspur throw away a two goal lead against bitter rivals Arsenal on Sunday.

Mauricio Pochettino’s men were sitting comfortably after Kane tucked away a first half penalty to add to Christian Eriksen’s strike at the Emirates.

Harry Kane has never beaten Arsenal at the Emirates in the Premier League
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Spurs have not won a league game at the Emirates Stadium since November 2010 and were pegged back to draw 2-2 thanks to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Kane’s penalty – his 10th goal in his last 10 games against Arsenal – put them in prime position to end their hoodoo in this fixture.

And Motson believes the England captain will be extremely displeased with the way Spurs crumbled under pressure.

“Arsenal are still probably fragile in the sense of their defence,” the legendary commentator told Hawksbee and Jacobs. “And I think Spurs are good going forward, but are a little bit fragile at full-back I would say.

The England captain scored his tenth goal in north London derby history
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“I mean, they haven’t got a recognised right-back!

“The thing is, Harry Kane must be feeling pretty sick because to score his tenth goal in the north London derby – which equals the Bobby Smith record of many years ago – only to see his side lose a two goal lead.

“I think the key moment was just before half time, I was thinking ‘If Spurs go in here two-nil up what a great opportunity they have got’.

“But I had a feeling that goal was going to come.”

‘England are KILLING Test cricket’ – talkSPORT host Andy Jacobs hammers Joe Root and Trevor Bayliss as hosts suffer Ashes humiliation

23 Aug

talkSPORT host Andy Jacobs says Joe Root should be stripped of England captaincy and head coach Trevor Bayliss should be sacked after the hosts suffered Ashes humiliation.

On Friday afternoon, Roots men were bowled all out for just 67 runs in their first innings of day two of the third Test at Headingley.

And the Hawksbee and Jacobs host was furious, claiming this England side are ‘KILLING Test cricket’.

Fans were expectant of a good day’s cricket after Jofra Archer took SIX wickets to help bowl Australia out for 179 on the first day in Yorkshire on Thursday.

Jofra Archer was in fine form with the ball on Thursday, but was let down by his team-mates’ lack of form with the bat on day two
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But Jacobs said he ‘may as well have not bothered’, as England were quickly disposed by Australia’s bowling attack in just 30 overs.

It’s England’s 12th lowest Test total in history and their lowest against Australia since the 1940s, with Joe Denly their top scorer and the only man to hit double figures with a measly 12.

In perhaps the best timing we could have hoped for at talkSPORT, England’s disastrous innings ended when Hawksbee and Jacobs were just starting the second hour of their show – and Andy’s rant is definitely worth hearing.

Grab some popcorn and listen to the talkSPORT host let rip – and it’s hard to disagree with anything he says…

“Jofra Archer has asked if it’s too late to qualify for the West Indies – what a waste of his time! He might as well not bother!

“They should round up all the pads and bats and burn them to celebrate the death of Test cricket and just for the one-day Ashes.

“This is absolutely killing Test cricket. When you pay £90 you don’t expect to see this, and it happens too often now, it’s like every innings England do this. It’s pitiful!


“If Joe Root has captain during the World Cup, England wouldn’t have won it.”


“It was really, really poor batting. I saw one decent ball – the one that got Root – but still everybody else got out! Stokes!

“There was no effort to leave the ball, everything is played at, everything hard hands at the ball and it’s not good enough.

“Bayliss has got to go after this Test match, you can’t put up with this!

“And if they’re not prepared to get rid of Bayliss and change the coaching staff, they should get rid of the selectors as well.

Andy Jacobs has called for Trevor Bayliss’s head as England coach
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“This is completely unacceptable.

“To be honest, both those teams are sub-standard. The great Ashes players of the past must be spinning in their graves.

“This is such a poor standard of cricket. It’s like seeing Sunday league football being passed off as Premier League football.

“Joe Root is not a good captain. You could say that if Root has captain during the World Cup they wouldn’t have won it. There’s also a case of letting Morgan be the captain, it couldn’t be worse!

“I love cricket, but I find myself less and less interested in Test cricket because it’s a farce! It’s pitiful! Hopeless!”

Listen back to Andy Jacobs’ England cricket rant IN ALL ITS GLORY above

Paul Hawksbee on playing with Sheringham, watching Maradona, the Old Firm atmosphere and his favourite Tottenham kit

23 Aug

If you’ve been with talkSPORT since the station’s inception in 2000, you’re going to have some memories to show for it.

And in Paul Hawksbee’s case, he’s also a Tottenham fan, which certainly isn’t dull either.

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The 57-year-old, who co-hosts the Hawksbee and Jacobs show with Andy Jacobs, joined talkSPORT.com for the latest instalment of our ‘My Greatest’ series.


Greatest player – Diego Maradona

I know that is a fairly contentious point after what happened at Mexico ’86, with the ‘Hand of God’ and all that. But put it in the context of his career and what he achieved as a player, especially at Napoli, and for Argentina.

A couple of months before the ‘Hand of God’, I got to watch him play in Ossie Ardiles’ testimonial with Glenn Hoddle at White Hart Lane, and he was amazing, just to watch him play in the flesh. Even at testimonial pace, he was something else. So all things considered, I would say Maradona.

Maradona is widely considered one of the greatest footballers of all time
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Greatest game – Euro ’96 semi-final at Wembley

It was an incredible rollercoaster of a match. It felt a real honour to be there. It was quite amazing, with everyone signing ‘Football’s Coming Home’. Those little moments when Gazza nearly put the ball in at the back post, the chances we had to win it when it was Golden Goal.

I don’t think I’ve ever felt as deflated as that. I certainly didn’t when we went out to Croatia last year. It was a crushing moment because you thought we could go all the way.

Gareth Southgate missed the crucial penalty as England went crashing out
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Greatest moment – A pass to Teddy Sheringham

I got to play in a Spurs Old Boys game at Orient’s ground and it was a pretty strong side. I was playing at the back with Paul Miller, Stuart Nethercott and Justin Edinburgh.

There was a little moment in the game where I came out from defence and the ball came towards me. It was the last game of the season, so it wasn’t a great pitch, the ball was bobbling all over the place.

I suddenly looked up and 25 yards in front of me, on the other side of the semi-circle, is Teddy Sheringham gesturing that he wants the ball to feet. I’m thinking, ‘On this pitch, with my very poor level of skill, I’m going to make a fool of myself’. I’m just thinking, ‘Get your head over it, neat and tidy, just a sidefoot, don’t be clever, just get it to him’.

Somehow I managed to do it, so it’s probably my greatest achievement in a fairly mediocre Sunday League career.

Paul played alongside his hero Teddy Sheringham in a charity match
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Greatest atmosphere – Old Firm derby

I’ve been lucky through this job to go to an awful lot of big derbies around the world, but nothing touched an Old Firm derby for me. If you ever get the chance, go!

It is something else in terms of atmosphere. This was 1993, the atmosphere was just white hot. Ally McCoist scored, it was a strong Rangers team, but Celtic found a way and managed to win 2-1. I’ll never forget the noise levels.

Beyond that, Anfield comes pretty close when it’s rocking.

Nothing beats the atmosphere at an Old Firm derby, according to Paul
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Greatest kit – Retro Spurs jersey

My favourite kit is the one I remember Spurs wearing when I was a kid.

This was an era when the teams weren’t massively into merchandising. It was just a plain-white shirt, long sleeves, quite heavy duty, cotton shirt.

You’d never see players wearing them now. And it just had the little cockerel on it.

Spurs have messed with the badge over the years but they’ve come back to that cockerel standing on a ball.

It was a perfect, plain, classic kit. I’m a bit of a traditionalist when it comes shirts and that’s the one I always come back to.

Steve Perryman in the classic Spurs kit of the late sixties/early seventies
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The Open 2019: Rory McIlroy ‘hasn’t had enough credit’ for his recovery from horror start, says Claret Jug contender Tommy Fleetwood

19 Jul

Rory McIlroy ‘hadn’t had the credit he deserves’ for recovering from his nightmare start to The Open, Claret Jug contender Tommy Fleetwood has told talkSPORT.

The Northern Irishman teed off his home tournament at Royal Portrush with a quadruple bogey on the opening par four – dubbed a ‘snowman’ – which immediately left him in a bit of a pickle.

Rory McIlroy has the start to forget at his home Open Championships at Royal Portrush
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He hit just two birdies as he carded a first-round score of 79 – the sixth-worst score of the opening day.

McIlroy was back out on the course, which has been hit with typical Northern Irish links conditions, on Friday afternoon and faces a fight to make the cut.

He began his second round eight-over par, with the projected cut set at one-over.

But Fleetwood, who went into the clubhouse on seven-under after round two – tied third at the time of writing, has praised Rory for his recovery after a horror start.

The Englishman told talkSPORT’s Georgie Bingham and Bob Bubka on Hawksbee and Jacobs: “It’s hard for us to have any say or opinion on it.

“He clearly had a rough day.

McIlroy hit a wayward drive off the first tee which went out-of-bounds, and his re-take wasn’t much better
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“The hard part is that whenever Rory doesn’t do something great it’s in front of everybody and this week he’s got the added expectation of being a home Open.

“But it’s Rory McIlroy, who knows what he could do today. He could shoot a really low one, we just don’t know.

“I didn’t really know what he shot yesterday but I know he started off bad and then came back really well.

Fleetwood has fared better and is in a good position to challenge for the Claret Jug ahead of an exciting weekend of golf
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“I actually think he did unbelievably well, if you think about all the pressure he’s under, to get back through that period where he quad the first, and he had a rough finish, but that middle straight – I think he probably hasn’t had the credit he deserves for doing that.”

Listen back to Tommy Fleetwood on Hawksbee and Jacobs IN FULL above!

Arsenal news: Lucas Torreira is ‘not pushing the exit button’ despite ‘homesick’ comments

13 Jun

Lucas Torreira is ‘not pushing the exit button’ at Arsenal, despite admitting he has struggled to settle in England.

That’s according to talkSPORT’s Spanish football expert Alvaro Romeo, who says a number of Gunners stars in the past have also taken time to adapt to life in the Premier League.

Torreira stunned fans this week by conceding he preferred his life in Italy, saying, ‘I don’t know if there are many things that I enjoy [living in England]’.

Torreira had a flying start but has tailed off in recent months
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The Uruguay international said he misses the sun from when he played in Genoa with Sampdoria, and has also struggled to connect with his team-mates due to the language barrier.

His comments sparked transfer reports that he was opening the door to leave this summer, with AC Milan linked with an interest in bringing the midfielder back to Italy after a hit-and-miss first season in England.

Torreira was one of the success stories at Arsenal in the early stages of this season. He made a very good start to his first campaign at the Emirates and ended up making 50 appearances, but his performance levels faded towards the end.

talkSPORT International presenter Romeo has interviewed the Spanish-speaking player on numerous occasions over the last 12 months, and he explained to Paul Hawksbee and Andy Jacobs just how much Torreira has struggled to settle at the London club.

“I sensed that he was not adapted yet, that’s for sure, but I wouldn’t say he looked unhappy,” he said.

“The first time I interviewed him on the day of his presentation [when he signed for Arsenal], I can say I’ve seen few players with less knowledge of England than Torreira on his first day, and after a couple of months he still didn’t speak the language.

“He’s a nice guy, though, he’s the kind of polite player who would always stop and talk to journalists.

“But he’s not fluent in English yet, I guess he must have improved over the last nine or ten months, but he’s still got a long way to go with the language.”

However, he insists the Uruguayan is ‘not pushing the exit button’ and says Arsenal players in the past have experienced the same issues with adapting in England and went on to have good careers for the Gunners.

Torreira left his native Uruguay to move to Italy when he was 16 and it took him time to settle there, too
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“The fact at the beginning you’re not culturally adapted to the country, it doesn’t necessarily mean goodbye to England,” Romeo added.

“Santi Cazorla needed a translator for a couple of years at Arsenal – I know that because I was his translator a number of times. Nacho Monreal and David Ospina as well, and they all managed to stay three or four seasons at Arsenal, and Monreal is still there.

“And Torreira wasn’t ranting, he was not pressing the exit button.

“He also admitted telling Arsenal TV that he struggled a little bit to adapt to Genoa when he moved to Italy when he was 16, from a really small town called Fray Bentos in Uruguay.

Spanish boss Unai Emery will be key in helping Torreira settle in more at Arsenal, claims Romeo
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“He struggled in Italy as well, but he managed to make it in Italy, so I don’t see why he can’t manage to make it in England, too.

“And at Arsenal they’ve got a Spanish speaking manager in Unai Emery, which is really important.”

Listen back to talkSPORT’s Spanish expert Alvaro Romeo IN FULL above

Laura Woods meets Mauricio Pochettino: Tottenham boss discusses his future, Champions League tears and his bizarre lemon story

24 May

Listen back IN FULL as talkSPORT’s Laura Woods sat down for an exclusive chat with Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino ahead of the Champions League final against Liverpool.

We caught up with the Spurs boss at the club’s Enfield Training Centre this week to check in on his side’s preparations for the Madrid showdown, and ask about his plans for the future.

The Argentine also revealed his love for Game of Thrones – although not for the final season or its much-discussed ending – and explained why he always has a giant bowl of lemons in his office…

… and why he has to replace them when he gets a visit from Spurs chairman Daniel Levy!

You’re going to need more lemons, Mauricio!
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“They attract the bad energy,” the Spurs boss said.

“A lot of people come in and out of my office and not all the people have good energy.

“So when people arrive with bad every, the energy is going to be in the lemon and not in myself. It’s like a sponge, it takes all the negatively.

“You can see it, it’s unbelievable! I change the lemons every ten days but sometimes every three or four days, they become ugly.

“When Daniel Levy is not around my office, they last one month, but when he is coming in and out, they last a week!”

Pochettino also reflected on the roller-coaster of emotions he felt as he watched Tottenham’s stunning semi-final comeback against Ajax from the sidelines.

Spurs looked dead and buried when Ajax scored twice in Amsterdam to give them a 3-0 aggregate lead, but Lucas Moura sparked pandemonium as his late hat-trick saw the north London side progress on away goals.

The manager was pictured sinking to his knees in tears at the final whistle, and then joining his team in wild celebrations on the pitch.

“It was a massive achievement for us,” he explained. “It was one of our dreams when we started the process here at Tottenham.

Pochettino was in tears at the full time whistle

“We’ve worked so hard and we have shared a lot of tough moments, so when you achieve something that nobody believed was possible, it is very emotional.

“And of course, we know how hard we work to reach this level, which is why it is difficult to keep your emotions inside.

“When Lucas Moura scored that third goal, in this moment I lost my head, I lost my composure and I nearly regretted it. When the referee said, ‘one minute more’, I wanted to kill myself!

“We were celebrating before we finished the game and in that moment we realised what a big mistake we were making because we jumped and ran inside the pitch and we believed the game was finished, but then we needed to defend again for one minute. It was the longest minute of my life.

Pochettino admits he got a little carried away after his team’s stunning win in Amsterdam
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“The best memory is when we finished, it was amazing – a big hug with my people, my son, the players, the staff. It’s an amazing memory.

“We got back to the lodge at Tottenham, were sitting on the sofa, watching the repeat of the match and we opened a bottle of Argentinan red wine. It was 3 o’clock that we arrived at the lodge and it was difficult to go to sleep because we were still in disbelief over what had happened a few hours before.”

Listen back to talkSPORT’s interview with Mauricio Pochettino IN FULL above

 

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino is a massive Game of Thrones fan but was ‘so disappointed’ with final season

24 May

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has joined the chorus of Game of Thrones super fans who were left bitterly disappointed by the final season of the fantasy epic.

Fans have been so angry about how the beloved show ended that some have petitioned for it to be remade – and the Spurs boss wasn’t happy with it either!

Season eight of Game of Thrones has been slammed by fans of the show – and Mauricio Pochettino!
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If you haven’t seen the final episode of Game of Thrones, or watched any of the final season, there are spoilers below.

YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!


After years of gripping drama, meticulous character development and more shocking deaths to shake a sword at, Game of Thrones went out in a blaze of genocidal dragon fire and queen slaying which has completely outraged the majority of its loyal fanbase.

Pochettino included.

We don’t know what he’s more angry about – Dany’s descent to Mad Queen, King Bran the Broken, or Tormund not getting it on with Brienne…
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The Spurs manager is a HUGE Game of Thrones fan, and even named his beloved direwolf dog ‘Sansa’ after the newly-crowned Queen in the North, Sansa Stark.

And he sounded distraught his favourite show was such a let down – saying the final season ‘just made no sense’.

I mean, Bran? BRAN?! ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!

“Ah, I am so disappointed,” said the Spurs boss in an exclusive interview with talkSPORT’s Laura Woods.

“I was disappointed with the fifth episode [The Bells – which has the lowest rating of any Game of Thrones episode ever and saw Queen Daenerys go from defender of the people to rampaging murdering maniac in about 20 minutes].

“It was an amazing series but the last year [the last season] it was like, ‘we need to finish, how can we finish?’

“I don’t know, it didn’t make sense! There was no common sense!

“I think we all feel the same, not only myself. I think all the people are not happy with the way it finished.”

Pochettino was then asked what GOT character is most like him.

You might think of Jon Snow – a leader of men, whose army would die for him on the battlefield.

Jon Snow, AKA Aegon Targaryen – not that that mattered in the end though…
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You may think of the First Sword of Bravos, Syrio Forel – Master of the Water Dance and skilled in the art of attack.

You may even think of the Spider, Lord Varys – Pulling all the strings on the sidelines.

But his actual answer was…

“Maybe the dragon!

“I am like Drogon – I am strong!”

Like Drogon at the end of season eight, will Spurs fans soon see their manager fly off into the sunset to a distant land?

Read what the Tottenham boss had to say about his future at the club.


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‘Chelsea have third best squad in the Premier League… but the worst manager’ – Andy Jacobs slams Maurizio Sarri in talkSPORT rant

23 Apr

Chelsea fan Andy Jacobs has branded Maurizio Sarri ‘the worst manager in the Premier League’ in his latest rant about the ‘perfect storm’ at Stamford Bridge.

The talkSPORT host tore apart the Italian boss following Monday night’s 2-2 draw with Burnley, as the Blues wasted a chance to strengthen their bid for a top-four finish.

All four goals were scored in a thrilling opening 24 minutes, with Chelsea frustrated by the stubborn Clarets at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea were held to a 2-2 draw by Burnley that dealt a huge blow to their top four hopes

It was a huge missed opportunity for the west Londoners after top-four rivals Tottenham, Arsenal and Manchester United all lost over the weekend; a win would have lifted Chelsea to third place, two points ahead of Spurs.

And Andy wasn’t best pleased about the result or Sarri’s team selection, and he hopes the Italian boss will return to his homeland in the summer, amid speculation he is wanted by Roma and Inter Milan.

“I’d be amazed if Sarri will still be manager next season,” said the talkSPORT host on Tuesday’s Hawksbee and Jacobs show.

“He’s wanted back in Italy, so with a bit of luck Chelsea will get out of having to pay him off.

“He’s just not up to it.

“I think Chelsea have got the third best squad and probably the worst manager in the league. The things he does, the second-halfitis thing…

“It’s happened eight times where they’ve given a goal away within ten minutes of half-time – that’s something that just shouldn’t happen.

Burnley celebrate their second goal at Stamford Bridge

“They’re never going to score in the second-half, they just don’t do that, especially with the substitutions he makes.

“He never changes his tactics!”

Speaking of tactics, Andy was particularly baffled and infuriated by a certain half-time substitution, which Sarri appeared to believe would throw the game in the Blues’ favour.

It didn’t.

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“I’ve got nothing to say about Burnley other than well done,” he added. “They defended well and did what Burnley do.

“It was down to Chelsea to break them down and the half-time substitution of Mateo Kovacic [brought on for N’Golo Kante] was ridiculous.

“You’re only got four or five games left of the season, just play your best players! It doesn’t matter if they played on Thursday. I suppose Sarri thought Ross Barkley had played too many minutes…

Andy Jacobs is not the biggest fan of Mateo Kovacic

“It was clear, needing a goal, you don’t bring on a bloke who brings no goal threat whatsoever (Kovacic) – he can’t put in a through ball, he’s never going to score and he can’t cross.

“He’s brilliant at passing it backwards five yards, he’s wonderful at that. That’s his skill.

“It’s sort of a perfect storm for Chelsea at the moment. [They’ve got] an absentee owner, the star player [Eden Hazard] leaving, his heir apparent [Callum Hudson-Odoi] out until December, an ageing defence, a rubbish manager… and they’re playing in the Europa League which basically does your league form in completely!”

Laurence Bassini completes takeover of Bolton Wanderers and vows to ‘sort out the mess’ he has inherited

17 Apr

Laurence Bassini has completed his takeover of Bolton Wanderers, talkSPORT’s Jim White has revealed.

Bassini was revealed as the man who was primed to buy the club from Ken Anderson earlier this month and save the club form impending liquidation.

talkSPORT host Jim White received a call from Laurence Bassini

It would appear that the deal has now been completed, with White exclusively revealing on Hawksbee and Jacobs that Bassini is the new Bolton owner after speaking to the 49-year-old earlier in the day on Wednesday.

He said: “I took a call from Laurence Bassini who tells me the deal is done. He is the new owner of Bolton Wanderers.

“He says he has inherited a mess but will sort it out.”

The British businessman, whose ill-fated spell in charge at Watford lasted only 13 months, joined talkSPORT host Jim White for a rare interview.

Bassini has twice been declared bankrupt and was banned from owning an EFL club for three years in 2013 for alleged financial misconduct.

He has since been cleared to return to football by the EFL, though.

Bolton chairman Ken Anderson has been eager to sell the club

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“If it wasn’t my love and affection for football and this club, I wouldn’t be coming back,” Bassini said in an exclusive interview with talkSPORT.

“I think Bolton is a great, great club. I looked at it two years ago before Mr Anderson.

“They’re a great club and they deserve more. I think they have the potential to return to the top.”

Current owner Anderson bought a stake in the club during that buyout and took majority control in 2017 after Sports Shield went into liquidation.

The club’s players went on strike for the second time in a year after staff were not paid in March.

It is the second month in a row that Bolton employees have not been paid on time.

Their relegation to League One appears inevitable as they are 10 points adrift with four games to go.

If results go against them on Friday their relegation will be confirmed.