Luke Chadwick admits he felt sorry for Nick Hancock after apology

‘It made me feel a bit guilty’: Luke Chadwick admits he felt sorry for Nick Hancock after former ‘They Think It’s All Over’ presenter apologised to ex-Manchester United player for taunts

  • Luke Chadwick accepted apologies for taunts on They Think It’s All Over
  • Presenter of the show Nick Hancock and Gary Lineker apologised last week
  • The former Man Utd player says the jibes affected his fragile confidence
  • But Chadwick admits the apologies were ‘not something I was searching for’ 

Luke Chadwick admits he felt sorry for Nick Hancock after the former presenter apologised for his appearance taunts on gameshow They Think It’s All Over.

Last week, former Man Utd player Chadwick opened up about how the jibes at his expense, which focused on his looks, obliterated his already fragile confidence as a youngster. 

The presenter of the show Hancock publicly apologised to Chadwick, as did team captain Gary Lineker who appeared on the show, and while Chadwick did accept their apologies, he now admits it wasn’t something he was specifically searching for. 

Chadwick says he felt sorry for Nick Hancock after the former presenter’s apology last week

Nick Hancock said he was ‘appalled’ at himself for the taunts he made on the show

‘It made me feel a little bit guilty,’ Chadwick told The Guardian.  

‘It looked so uncomfortable. Obviously people had given him stick and even though whatever happened years ago happened it wasn’t an eye for an eye. 

‘The apology is completely accepted but it’s not something I was searching for.’ 

Chadwick revealed he hid away in his house but has accepted apologies since

Gary Lineker, who was also part of the show, apologised to Chadwick recently on Twitter

Speaking to BBC Breakfast last week, Hancock admitted his regret at the way he spoke about Chadwick: ‘Listening to Luke is incredibly humbling, he’s shown so much more generosity and understanding and good judgement than we did at the time.

‘I’m appalled for him and at myself. When I hear him speaking, I’m full of admiration for the present Luke Chadwick and full of sympathy for the young Luke Chadwick.

‘The terrible thing about comedians and comedy shows is that if you’re getting laughs, you think you’re doing a good job.

‘Of course the worst thing for Luke was that it became a bit of a running joke. To us it was a photograph. That’s not good obviously, we should have been thinking about the person, but that’s what can happen.’ 

They Think It’s All Over was a satirical sports-based panel show presented by Hancock (centre) and featuring team captains Lineker (right) and David Gower (left), plus comedians Jonathan Ross (top left) and Rory McGrath (top middle)

They Think It’s All Over, which ran from 1995-2006, was a late-night satirical sports panel show featuring famous names as guests, with Lineker the most high-profile of the team captains, along with David Gower. 

‘We’ve all got a journey to go on,’ Chadwick continues, talking about the subject of mental health in Mental Health Awareness week. 

‘I still want to learn about myself. I thought that yesterday: “Why am I feeling guilty for the guy on the telly?” I didn’t need to bring up They Think It’s All Over.’ 

Chadwick is now a 39-year-old community coach after breaking through at United in 2000




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Mauricio Pochettino says he is ready to step back into management

‘I’m ready’: Former Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino says he is refreshed, recharged and keen to step back into management — with the Premier League top of his list

  • Mauricio Pochettino says he is refreshed and ready to return to management 
  • The 48-year-old said he has used his free time to reorganise and get better
  • He says he loves England and managing in the Premier League is his priority 
  • Pochettino spoke about Jose Mourinho and Joe Lewis’ yacht with Sportsmail

Mauricio Pochettino is refreshed, fully recharged and hungry to return to English football after finally ending his six-year association with Tottenham.

Pochettino and his coaching staff have completed their gardening leave and are searching for the next challenge.

‘After six months our tanks are completely full,’ said the 48-year-old Argentine who was dismissed by Spurs in November.

Mauricio Pochettino says he is refreshed, recharged and ready to return to management

He and his staff have completed their gardening leave and are looking for a new challenge

‘It has been an amazing time to review everything, organise again our ideas, plan the future to try to compete better, try to learn from our experience and look forward for the next job. 

‘You need to be ready for the moment when the offer appears.

‘We love England. We have our house and our home here. The people are respectful.

The former Spurs boss says he loves England and managing in the Premier League is a priority

‘The Premier League is the best league in the world. It is one of the options. 

‘It can be my priority, but I am not closed to move to a different country. I’m very open to wait for the seduction of the project.’

His search for a ‘project’ may encourage the Saudis trying to take over Newcastle, but after four years’ experience in the Champions League he will more likely be looking to Europe’s established elite.




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Troy Deeney reveals he has REFUSED to return to Watford training

‘My son is five months and he’s had breathing difficulties… I don’t want to put him in danger’: Troy Deeney reveals he has REFUSED to return to Watford training… before blasting the Premier League’s Project Restart AGAIN over lack of BAME screening

  • Troy Deeney blasted Premier League’s Project Restart on Good Morning Britain
  • Premier League clubs were given green light to return to training from Tuesday
  • But Deeney has revealed he has told Watford he won’t be turning up to train
  • The striker said: ‘It only takes one to get infected. I don’t want to bring that home
  • Here’s how to help people impacted by Covid-19

Troy Deeney has revealed he has refused to return to Watford training amid fears of compromising the health of his five-month old son.

The Watford striker has been vocal in his opposition against the Premier League’s Project Restart plans and also raised concerns this week over a lack of screening for BAME (black, Asian and minority ethnic) players.

Premier League clubs will return to training on Tuesday with the aim of the season getting back up and running behind closed doors next month, but Deeney has insisted he will not be taking part.

Troy Deeney told Eddie Hearn (L) and Tony Bellew (R) he has refused to train with Watford

The 31-year-old says the Premier League still need to answer a number of ‘simple’ questions 

Speaking to Eddie Hearn and Tony Bellew on Talk the Talk YouTube show, Deeney said: ‘We’re due back in this week. I’ve said I’m not going.

‘It only takes one to get infected. I don’t want to bring that home — my son is five months and he’s had breathing difficulties.

‘I don’t want to put him in more danger. You’ve got to drive back in the same dirty kit.

‘If I’m putting my clothing in with my son’s or my missus’ it’s more likely to be in the house. 

Premier League side Watford will open the doors up to their training ground again on Tuesday

Watford ace (pictured with family) said he’s concerned of catching virus and bringing it home

‘I’ve lost my Dad, my Gran, my Grandad… I’ve more or less everyone that I care about.

‘So that, to me, is more important than a few quid in my back pocket.’

The 31-year-old added: ‘Within the meeting I asked very simple questions.

‘For Black, Asian and mixed ethnicities they are four times more likely to get the illness and twice as likely to have long lasting illness.

‘Is there any additional screening? Heart stuff to see if anyone has a problem?

‘I just said “If you don’t know the information, why would I put myself at risk?”‘

Deeney (right) pictured in action for Watford against Crystal Palace back in March




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Harry Redknapp explains how he pulled strings to get Frank Lampard the Derby job

Harry Redknapp has a wide array of contacts in English football and he used his influence to get his nephew Frank Lampard his first job in management at Derby County.

Lampard was looking to take his first steps as a manager in 2018 and was waiting for an opportunity to present itself.

Clearly the former Chelsea and England midfielder is a huge name in football, but his uncle who took his first job in management in 1983, is more savvy in the ways of Football League owners and chairmen.

Redknapp quickly set up Lampard with a job at Ipswich, but not really fancying that role, he then engineered his nephew the Derby job.

The former West Ham, Spurs and Portsmouth boss told Sky Sports the story: ‘I got him the job at Ipswich with Marcus Evans. I phoned Marcus Evans I said, “listen you need a manager, Frank Lampard’s your man.” He met him, loved him, offered him the job

‘Frank said “Harry, they’ve got no budget, it’s difficult there, I can’t bring any players in, what can I do?”

‘I said, “it’s a great club Ipswich, Frank, but you’re going to need a bit of help, you haven’t got a magic wand.”

‘I made a meeting for them the next day, I rung Frank. They had a meeting at 7 o’clock, he rung me at half-past-eight.

‘He said: “Oh my God Harry, he’s blown me away, I’ve given him the job.”

‘That was it, I had no doubts he’d be a success. He’s a clever, bright lad, his work ethic is incredible, he knows the game, he’s been brought up with the game he’ll be amazing.’

Lampard would have just one season at Derby, guiding the Rams to the Championship play-off final where they narrowly lost out to Aston Villa.

The impressive first season earned him the huge step to return to former club Chelsea, where he is fighting for a top four place in the Premier League during his first campaign as a top flight boss.

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Kieran Tierney reveals why he had doubts about Arsenal transfer

Arsenal star Kieran Tierney admits he was in two minds over a move to the Emirates last summer.

The Scot completed a £25million move to north London on deadline day in August after months of protracted talks with Celtic.

Tierney, a boyhood Celtic fan, was captain of the Bhoys and envisioned spending his career in Glasgow.

Celtic drove a hard bargain for the defender but Neil Lennon made it clear all along that the Bhoys were willing to sell at the right price, meaning Tierney was prepared to make the move from the end of last season.

However, Tierney’s revealed that he did not consider the move to be a foregone conclusion as he had doubts to overcome regarding a move to Arsenal.

‘I had sleepless nights. It was a hard decision,’ said Tierney.

‘I knew how big Arsenal were. They are a massive club in a massive league. I’m coming down here and I’m playing in training against [Nicolas] Pepe, [Mesut] Ozil, [Alexandre] Lacazette and [Pierre-Emerick] Aubameyang every day. You’re playing against the world’s best players.

‘It was obviously a great offer [from Arsenal], but I still had sleepless nights thinking ‘what’s the best thing to do here?’. It went on for ages.

‘The first bid came in and I then signed on deadline day. At the same time, I was just coming back from my injury. I was like, “Don’t even focus on what’s going to happen, just work hard and get fit, everything happens for a reason”. Arsenal are a massive, massive club and when I came I realised that.’

Arteta is to be able to select Tierney as the defender has been recovering from a shoulder injury that he sustained in December.

Nevertheless, Arteta has seen enough of Tierney to claim that he can become a ‘special’ player under him at the Emirates.

‘I am really looking forward to working with him and giving him the opportunity to play,’ said Arteta.

‘His attitude, his commitment, his willingness it’s incredible. I think he’s going to bring something special to us.

‘It’s a shame [about his injury] but always it’s part of his development. In your career you go through these moments. I challenge him to say ‘Kieran how are you going to react to that?

‘You cannot feel sorry for yourself, the level of pressure now is a bit higher but you have to deal with it. ‘You are playing with a top club, with expectations, deal with it! ‘You have everything to be successful here, you have the best possible attitude that I know from a player go and enjoy it.’

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Kyle Walker claims he is being 'harassed' after breaking lockdown rules again

Manchester City defender Kyle Walker says he is being ‘harassed’ and does not feel safe in his own home after he was pictured breaking lockdown rules to visit his family.

Last month, Walker broke the UK’s lockdown measures put in place by the Government as he and a friend invited two escorts to his flat.

But the 29-year-old has now been pictured by The Sun newspaper taking an 86-mile round trip to visit his sister and parents, who live at separate addresses.

Walker, however, has defended his actions and says his family ‘has been torn apart’ by the intrusion from photographers.

‘I feel as though I have stayed silent for long enough. In light of the most recent article published about me and my family, I feel as though I have no choice but to address things publicly,’ Walker said in a statement.

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‘I have recently gone through one of the toughest periods of my life, which I take full responsibility for. However, I now feel as though I am being harassed. This is no longer solely affecting me, but affecting the health of my family and my young children too.

‘In relation to the events on Wednesday, I travelled to Sheffield to give my sister a birthday card and present, but also to speak to one of the few people I believe I can trust in my life.

‘She hugged me to remind me how much she cares and that I am loved. What am I meant to do – push her away?

‘I then travelled to my parents’ house to pick up some home-cooked meals. Again, it’s been an extremely tough couple of months for them: everything I’ve gone through in my life they have gone through with me.

‘What have my parents and sister done to deserve their privacy being invaded by photographers following me to their homes? I constantly feel as though I am being followed. I don’t even feel safe in the confines of my own home – why should they have to feel like that too? Who deserves that?

‘I am in a privileged position as a role model and a professional athlete, and can assure you from my upbringing that I do not take it for granted. But at what stage do my feelings get taken into consideration?

‘My family has been torn apart, this has been dragged through the press, and I ask: when is enough enough? At a time when the focus is understandably on Covid-19, at what point does mental health get taken into consideration, an illness which affects every sufferer differently? I am a human being, with feelings of pain and upset just like everybody else.

‘Being in the public eye as a professional athlete does not make you immune to this. It is sad, but I feel as though my life is being scrutinised without any context. I understand if people are upset or angry with me, but it was important for people to have a better understanding of my life. Thank you for taking the time to hear my feelings.’

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Dybala celebrates as he finally gets the all-clear from coronavirus

‘My face says it all’: Juventus striker Paulo Dybala celebrates as he finally gets the all-clear from coronavirus SIX WEEKS after Argentina international was originally diagnosed

  • The forward revealed he was diagnosed with the coronavirus in March 
  • Juventus revealed on Wednesday that Dybala has recovered from COVID-19
  • He will no longer be subject to home isolation, after undergoing a double check 
  • Here’s how to help people impacted by Covid-19

Juventus have revealed that Paulo Dybala has fully recovered from coronavirus.

The Argentine forward confirmed on March 21 that he and his girlfriend, Oriana Sabatini, had contracted COVID-19.

The 26-year-old, who had previously failed four tests, will no longer be subject to home isolation, after undergoing a double check on Wednesday.

Paulo Dybala has fully recovered from coronavirus after finally posting negative test

A statement from the Bianconeri declared: ‘Paulo Dybala performed, as per protocol, a double check with diagnostic tests (swabs) for Coronavirus-Covid 19, which came back with negative results.

‘The player has, therefore, recovered and will no longer be subjected to the home isolation regime.’

Dybala added on social media: ‘Many people talked in the past weeks… but I can finally confirm that I am healed.  

Dybala is desperate to return to the pitch for Juventus after over a month spent in isolation

He was one of the first footballers to be diagnosed with the disease that has shut down sport globally, and has been isolating at home with his girlfriend – who also picked up the virus. 

Italy was initially Europe’s epicentre of the deadly disease as cases racked up quickly, forcing the Serie A into suspending the season in March. To this date the country has more than 210,000 infections and over 29,000 deaths.

There have been talks of resurrecting the Italian top flight in the coming weeks after clubs were permitted to return to the training ground, and Dybala has reflected on his time in quarantine and how he misses the every day life of being a footballer. 

The Argentinian misses the every day life of being a football and wants to return to training

‘To tell you the truth, I never thought I was going to miss playing and practicing that much,’ Dybala said in on Instagram Live.

‘I feel like I need to practice, see my team-mates and friends and at least touch the ball because practice at home isn’t the same on my own.

‘I need to put my boots on and run, score a goal… As I always say, when you are passionate you make everything twice as important.’ 




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Koepka revisits time he made mistake of smack-talking Michael Jordan

‘It’s the fourth quarter, baby, I don’t lose’: Brooks Koepka revisits time he made the mistake of smack-talking Michael Jordan on the golf course during round in south Florida

  • Brooks Koepka revisited time he made the error of smack-talking Michael Jordan 
  • ‘Air’ Jordan is back on sports fans’ lips following airing of ESPN’s The Last Dance 
  • World No 3 Koepka has now shed light on a match against Jordan on golf course

Brooks Koepka has revisited the time he made the mistake of smack-talking Michael Jordan on the golf course during a round in south Florida.

‘Air’ Jordan is now back on sports fans’ lips following the airing of ESPN’s docu-series The Last Dance, which focuses on his championship-winning season with the Chicago Bulls in the 1997-98 campaign.

And world No 3 Koepka has now shed light on a match against Jordan on the golf course.  

Brooks Koepka revisited time he made mistake of smack-talking Michael Jordan on golf course

 World No 3 Koepka has now shed light on a match against Jordan (above) on the golf course

‘I was 1 up going to 17 tee. We’d been jawing all day and we have like a 40-yard walk back to the 17th tee and he hasn’t said much the last couple of holes,’ he told ESPN.

‘I said something like, “I’ve got you right where I want you.”

‘He just tees the ball up, takes his practice swing and looks at me, “It’s the fourth quarter, baby, I don’t lose.” 

Koepka revealed that Jordan came out on top on both the 17th and 18th holes to claim victory. He added: ‘It’s probably the last time I’ve smack talked him.

‘I have not played him since, but hopefully we’ll tee it up again soon.’




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Carlton Cole reveals he was pranked into taking Viagra on England duty

‘I was the quickest person around that pitch — I had three legs’: Carlton Cole reveals how he was forced to train with an ERECTION after being pranked into taking Viagra by Wayne Rooney and Jermain Defoe while on England duty

  • Carlton Cole was on the receiving end of a cruel prank from England team-mates
  • He took a blue pill thinking it was vitamin, but he had actually taken Viagra
  • Jermain Defoe, Wayne Rooney and Shaun Wright-Phillips were the pranksters
  • Fortunately for the former West Ham striker, Fabio Capello never found out 

Former West Ham star Carlton Cole has revealed the bizarre story of being tricked into taking Viagra while on England duty.

The former striker featured for the Three Lions just seven times throughout his career but that certainly didn’t stop his England team-mates from playing pranks on him in the cruelest of ways. 

Cole took the blue pill thinking it was a vitamin but when it kicked in, he was forced to train with an erection.

Carlton Cole encountered a very awkward moment in England training after being pranked

The 36-year-old revealed to the Sun: ‘The stonker was there. I wasn’t sexually aroused but it was just there. I was the quickest person around that pitch — I had three legs.’ 

He then joked: ‘I had erased that from my memory — you’re bringing back bad memories.’ 

The then-West Ham forward was pranked by Jermain Defoe, Wayne Rooney and Shaun Wright-Phillips following his call-up to the England team for their match against Holland back in 2009.

He was pranked into taking Viagra by Wayne Rooney, Jermain Defoe and Shaun Wright-Phillips

‘Carlton was always smiley, happy and that, so we just thought, if you are going to get anyone, who would take it?’ Defoe said.

‘He just took it because he was thinking, “Oh yeah, vitamins, good for my body”. I was in stitches. It was the funniest thing. When we told him after… his face!

‘And there’s nothing he could do. I thought, “You’re going to have to deal with this for a few hours, my friend”. Oh my God.’

Fortunately for Cole, then-England manager Fabio Capello never found out as was revealed by Defoe to the Footballer’s Guide to Football podcast.

Defoe has recalled the prank, claiming he was ‘in stitches’ after Cole took the Viagra




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Partey 'makes it clear he would like to move to Arsenal'

Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey ‘makes it clear he would like to move to Arsenal’ once window opens

  • Atletico Madrid star Thomas Partey has reportedly chosen to sign for Arsenal 
  • Mikel Arteta had made the Ghanaian his No 1 target before the season was halted
  • Partey is under contract until 2023 and has a release clause of £45million
  • Gunners will consider a swap deal with Alexandre Lacazette moving to Spain 
  • Here’s how to help people impacted by Covid-19

Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey has has decided he wants to join Arsenal at the end of the protracted season, according to The Telegraph.

The Ghana international produced a fine performance against Liverpool before sport was halted by the coronavirus pandemic, and he wants to move to England when the transfer window does eventually open. 

Mikel Arteta had identified Partey as a transfer target earlier in the season, with the Gunners boss hoping to convince the board to strike a deal for the 26-year-old when football returns to normality.  

Thomas Partey has reportedly decided he would like to sign for Arsenal this summer

The report claims Arsenal could consider a swap deal, offering coveted striker Alexandre Lacazette to Atletico with Partey arriving at the Emirates Stadium. 

THOMAS PARTEY AT ATLETICO MADRID 

Appearances: 174

Goals: 15

Assists: 12

Trophies: 2

Europa League (2017-18)

UEFA Super Cup (2018-19

In the current market Arsenal are unlikely to trigger Partey’s £45million release clause, but the player’s desire to join the club could accelerate negotiations. 

Last month Partey’s father, Jacob, said the Atletico star had entered talks to sign for the Gunners, but the player’s agent dismissed these claims as ‘totally untrue.’ 

However, Arteta has made it a priority to strengthen Arsenal’s defensive midfield options, with Partey coming in to challenge Lucas Torreira and Granit Xhaka. 

Partey has been an important member of Diego Simeone’s team in LaLiga this season, starting 21 matches and scoring twice, but the Wanda Metropolitano club are prepared to listen to offers this season.

Arsenal manager Mike Arteta has made the Ghana international his main transfer target 




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