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Paddy Crerand on Talksport

The performance of Paddy Crerand on Richard Keys and Andy Gray’s Talksport programme earlier today was totally mad.

It sounded like he had been drinking, it was remarkable. The interview was funny, entertaining, barmy and outright ridiculous at times.

His claims were outrageous, he claimed there is an agenda against Manchester United within the FA – and that it has been going on for years, he claimed that there is a lot of jealously out there towards United, that it’s only not acceptable to swear if you play for Manchester United and most remarkably of all, that he had it on good authority from within the club that Wayne Rooney was swearing at the cameraman for asking him to kiss the camera, and not swearing down the lens.

It was some of the most biased rubbish I’ve heard in years, and all this from a grown man. It was madness.

The point made to Crerand, that maybe Crouch should also get done for swearing after his goal on Saturday was a fair one, and the FA have made a rod for their own backs by charging Rooney.

Rather than claiming that the FA are run by a biased Manchester City fan, and that they have had, and still have a conspiracy against Manchester United, surely it would have been far more rational for him to simply just accuse them of double standards or inconsistency? The usual FA staple.

Going by Crerand’s logic of lunacy, the current FA chairman – David Bernstein, is the latest in a long line of FA hieracy to have it in for Manchester United. As he has only been there for about 3-4 months, if the conspiracy has been going on for years against United, then all previous chairmen for some time have been United haters.

Likely? I think not.

But the madest rant of the lot was his ‘Wayne Rooney was only having a go at the cameraman line.’ What!

Someone in the club apparently told him this. Does Crerand think we are all fools?

I never heard him say anything about Alex Ferguson’s disgraceful remarks about Lee Mason last week, what a surprise.

Crerand is clearly a deluded fan who can’t seperate club bias from reality. His rant today was childish and immature in my view, it was also bloody funny and entertaining, but for a grown man to say some of the stuff he come out with was embarrassing.

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Quick, bring back Mike Parry

I didn’t expect much and I wasn’t disappointed, I listened to the Richard Keys and Andy Gray show on Talksport today and I have to say that it hasn’t inspired me to tune in again tomorrow.

First impressions are that this a spectacular own goal by Talksport. It was their first show so I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt, but it wasn’t great. Compared to the energy and enthusiasm Mike Parry brought to the show, this was more like a funeral procession.

Since my first article about Parry, it has emerged that he apparently left due to contractual problems, which had been going on since the 2010 world cup. Whether the problems only came to a head due to the availability of Keys and Gray is another issue though.

It is now being reported that Parry has landed a shift on 5 Live, he is apparently presenting the 606 phone in this Saturday, it is not clear whether this is a long term role, or if he is just filling in temporarily.

One thing it does show is that Parry won’t be out of work for long, if Talksport decide or realise they have mucked up, this shows they had better act quick to get him back.

A plus point for Keys and Gray is they have an impressive contacts book. If Talksport are after big names to come on the station, then given the names they had on today they have hired the right men.

I don’t know if it was just a coincidence, but after Sunday’s revelations about Richard Keys making racist remarks, I found it ironic that two black men (Dion Dublin and Paul Ince) were the first guests – or buddies as Keys kept on calling them – on the show. Was Max Clifford advising them or what?

I was half expecting Germaine Greer to turn up at one stage.

It was also interesting that they didn’t take calls from members of the public, a fundamental part of Talksport is it being a station based on phone-in’s. I wonder is this just a short term policy while the two find their feet, or maybe the station controllers expected a less than friendly welcome from the listeners.

Another thing that struck me was the sound of Keys having to read out an advert for Wickes tiles, it showed just how far the two men have fallen, if I’m honest, it sounded desperate. Andy Gray didn’t sound over enthusiastic about the whole thing either, he could clearly be heard sighing with frustration and chuntering on in the background when Keys had to read out their new twitter address.

I read somewhere over the weekend that they are signed up for 40 weeks, on Monday’s showing, it may well be closer to 4 weeks.

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