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Liverpool managing director nails Wigan chairman with killer quip

Sky Sports News-circling rent-a-quote compared to stand-up comic

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The higher-ups at Liverpool struggle to attract a positive press. Kenny Dalglish’s one-man war against inane post-match interviews hurried his exit. The owners are painted as impulsive and ignorant. Even Brendan Rodgers, after a fine first press conference, oozed underhandedness and disloyalty in his “we won’t pinch Gylfi Sigurdsson, unless he’d like us to” spiel.

Ian Ayre meanwhile often just seemed to be there in the background, occasionally piping up with a bit of business speak when required, a steady presence but certainly nothing spectacular.

However, the managing director prompted a rapid reappraisal when undertaking the job that most of Merseyside would have relished – that of responding to Dave Whelan’s constant unnecessary and often inaccurate snips about their manager search – and performed the task majestically.

He said: “To be honest, I always thought John Bishop was the biggest comedian in the north-west but Dave Whelan seems to have taken that mantle over the last couple of weeks.”

The Wigan chairman, who in his defence might have been acting slyly to undermine Roberto Martinez’s chances of ending up at Anfield rather than simply exploiting a rare opportunity to bathe in the spotlight, was – in what is surely a first – “unavailable for comment”.


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