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Alan Hansen remembers to forget Liverpool and that Arsenal curse

ALAN Hansen earns £40,000 a week to tell Match of the Day viewers that Arsenal can’t defend and Manchester United are a decent bet for the title whilst using a graphics package to track players about to score. Last Sunday night, we tuned in to see Manchester City clinch the Premier League title in a spellbinding thriller. The Premier League is not the best in the world (Italy is). It is not the most skilful (Spain). It is not the most watched (Germany). But it is the most exciting. City’s win was epic. What the show’s host, Gary Lineker, wanted to know was where City’s victory stood in history.

Gary Lineker asked Hansen: “Have you ever, in your life, seen anything like that?”

Hansen replied: “No.”

No? Never?

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Posted: 15th, May 2012 | In: Key Posts, Sports | Comments (2)

Alan Hansen: Why Manchester City and Manchester United will win the Premier League

ALAN Hansen does not spend all week slumped on the Match of The Day sofa until the famous theme tune erupts and he dangles into life, the golf club Authority to wax knowledgeable over the replays. He spends some of his working week writing for the Daily Telegraph. And it turns out that Hansen is every bit as knowing after the event on the telly as he is in print. His is the scatter cushion approach to punditry. So. What does Alan Hansen think of the Premier League title race? Is it Manchester United or Manchester City for the title?

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Posted: 5th, March 2012 | In: Sports | Comment

Why Isn’t The Telegraph’s Report On Alan Hansen’s BBC Bonanza Not On The Paper’s Website?

THE Sunday Telegraph’s report that the BBC pays budget supermarket champion Alan Hansen £40,000 for each appearance on Match of the Day as part of a £1.5 million a year deal is not available on the paper’s website. Also, no mention of the story can be found in Alan Hansen’s columns for the…Daily Telegraph. Could the two happenings be linked?

Posted: 9th, November 2011 | In: Sports | Comment