‘I’m available if England need a target man!’ – Pointless star Richard Osman

first_imgPointless star Richard Osman told talkSPORT he offered his services to England manager Roy Hodgson ahead of the summer’s Euro 2016 – as the big man upfront!The hit quiz show’s co-presenter, and huge Fulham fan, joined fellow comedians John Richardson and Matt Forde on Saturday’s Warm Up to chat about his beloved Cottagers.And the 6ft 7in funnyman – that’s taller than Peter Crouch and Andy Carroll – told the boys about his encounter with former Fulham manager Hodgson, and revealed he had a proposition for the Thee Lions boss.Speaking on the Warm Up, he said: “I interviewed Roy Hodgson at a charity event, and I know he still hasn’t picked his team for the European Championships.“So I told him, ‘listen, if you’re looking for a fat Peter Crouch – I’m your man!’“It turns out, however, that he wasn’t.”Here’s to dreaming Richard!Listen to the full interview above!last_img read more

Liverpool win court battle with New Balance and can wear Nike kits from next season

first_imgManchester City vs Aston Villa (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORTSheffield Wednesday vs Leeds (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORT 2West Ham vs Sheffield United (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2Burnley vs Chelsea (Saturday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORT Liverpool have won their High Court battle with New Balance over the club’s search for a new kit sponsorship deal.The Reds were taken to court over their alleged refusal to honour the terms of its reported £40million-a-year contract with the American company, which expires in May 2020. AFP or licensors Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta update LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Check out all the live commentaries coming up across the talkSPORT network this week statement Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship Chelsea fan arrested for allegedly racially abusing Heung-min Son Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Pep Guardiola gives Man City injury update and talks Christmas schedule Under the terms of the deal, New Balance is entitled to renew its sponsorship if it matches the terms of any competitor’s offer to sponsor Liverpool kit.But the current European champions, who have been offered a £30m-a-year five-year deal by Nike, argued that New Balance cannot match Nike’s offer in relation to the marketing and distribution of Liverpool products.Giving his ruling in London on Friday, Mr Justice Teare ruled in Liverpool’s favour, finding that ‘the New Balance offer on marketing was less favourable to Liverpool FC than the Nike offer’.The judge said Nike’s offer to use ‘global superstar athletes’, such as tennis player Serena Williams and basketball star Lebron James, to promote Liverpool products could not be matched by New Balance. on target rookie error Liverpool are in the final season of their existing kit deal with New Balance Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ 1 PEP TALK latest Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Liverpool transfer news live: Mbappe latest, Lille star wants to join Reds in future LATEST In his written case, Mr Oudkerk argued that Liverpool dismissed New Balance’s offer to match terms as the club was ‘wedded to Nike’, and that ‘it appears that the club had resolved to reject the New Balance match come what may’.Guy Morpuss QC, representing the club, argued that the claim was ‘really an attempt by New Balance to use a matching clause for a purpose for which it was never intended’.He said New Balance’s contention that it could distribute Liverpool kit to 40,000 stores was ‘a myth’, adding that the company had ‘grossly overstated’ the number of stores it could distribute to.“The idea that New Balance would even get football kit into anything close to those 40,000 stores is utterly fanciful,” Mr Morpuss added. appointed “It must follow that Liverpool FC is not obliged to enter into a new agreement with New Balance,” Mr Justice Teare said.New Balance immediately applied for permission to appeal against the judge’s ruling.Opening New Balance’s case last week, Daniel Oudkerk QC said the key issue was whether New Balance had matched ‘the material, measurable and matchable terms of a third-party offer’.Liverpool argued that New Balance has not matched Nike’s offer, which includes a commitment to sell licensed products in ‘not less than 6,000 stores worldwide, 500 of which shall be Nike-owned’.But Mr Oudkerk said New Balance has ‘approximately 40,000-odd retail doors globally’. LIVE on talkSPORT targets stalemate Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff last_img read more