Liverpool: Brendan Rodgers look-alike parks his Porsche at single woman’s home
THANKS to Lord Leveson’s report on the media, footballer kiss ‘n’ tells have been thinner than Victoria Beckham’s smile. But today the Sun makes a fist at one:
Liverpool boss’s secret visits to love split mum
Secret? Well, not that secret, not if the Sun saw him.
The story is brought to readers by RUTH WARRENDER, STEPHEN MOYES and LAUREN VEEVERS. Yes, just three reporters works on this scoop.
FOOTIE boss Brendan Rodgers has befriended a mum in the middle of a split from her Liverpool fan husband.
So. A woman already estranged from her husband is friendly with Rodgers?
The Reds manager, a dad of two, is a regular visitor to the home of 31-year-old Charlotte Hind, previously a travel co-ordinator for the Premier League club.
She recently split with her husband of five years Steven, saying she wanted a divorce “as quickly as possible”.
But how secret has it all been?
Neighbours said married Rodgers, 40, has been parking his Porsche sports car near the £210,000 rented home Charlotte shares with her 15-month-old daughter Lola.
Got that? The Sun claims one of the most recognisable faces in the north-west has been parking his smart sports car outside an ordinary home. Can it get any more secretive?
Witnesses in posh Birkdale, Merseyside, said he usually stayed for around 90 minutes and had visited early in the morning and evening.
Witnesses? You have witnesses to a marriage or a crime. And nice touch with the 90 minutes. Does Rodgers do everything on match time?
Rodgers — who shares a mansion in Formby with wife Susan — is understood to have made at least 12 visits in the past month.
We then hear from one of these “witnesses”:
“I’m not sure what’s going on, but he’s been round to her house on a regular basis for the past few weeks. He parks round the corner and is pretty recognisable on Merseyside.”
Yeah, the manager of Liverpool FC is “pretty recognisable on Merseyside”. Just as the Pope is pretty recognisable in the Vatican.
Last night Northern Ireland-born Rodgers — previously in charge at Watford, Reading and Swansea — refused to say why he had been seeing Charlotte and denied anything improper. A spokesman for the manager said: “He is not and never has been in a relationship with Miss Hind.”
Maybe he hadn’t been seeing her, and certainly not in the way the Sun implies?
Approached by The Sun, Charlotte denied the boss had visited her detached home and claimed neighbours were “mistaken”. She said: “They must have got him mistaken with someone.”
To which the Sun says:
Salesman Steven, 31 and a Liverpool season ticket-holder, was stunned to learn of his wife’s friendship last night.
And, perhaps, secretly delighted…
PS – Encouraging new for the Sun. People on Merseyside are actually speaking to the paper of record and not just telling its reporters to get lost.