SPORTS AGENDA: Pearce reveals that Beckham went to the FA behind his back due to London’s 2012 omission
More fascinating insights from Stuart Pearce, who emerged as one of talkSPORT’s lockdown stars.
The former Nottingham Forest hardman previously told the hilarious story of how he cleverly called Sir Alex Ferguson for Manchester United’s selection intelligence when he was England’s manager under 21 so he could make sure his son was the right one players and won a school fantasy football league.
And Pearce dropped another bomb last week. He recalled the furore surrounding his decision to leave David Beckham out of the 2012 London Team GB national football team, sensationally claiming that Beckham’s agent went to the FA behind his back in an attempt to turn around and that adidas – who the first sponsored – United man and Team GB – also got involved.
Pearce added that the situation even reached Downing Street, with discussions over whether to replace him as Team GB manager. Considering Pearce’s side was dumped by South Korea in the quarterfinals, it might not have been a bad idea.
Stuart Pearce revealed that David Beckham and his agent went to FA behind his back
Adidas was also involved in the attempt to reverse Pearce’s decision about the 2012 London squad
WRITING STEPS IN SKY HOTSEAT
Regular viewers of Sky’s Sunday Supplement will have noticed that Geoff Shreeves has presented the show for the past three weeks.
In January, Jacqui Oatley replaced Neil Ashton, who left journalism to set up his own PR company after more than seven years in the role (and who quit his job in view of the seemingly repeated lockdown offender Kyle Walker).
However, staff member Shreeves has now come in, with the show featuring guests logging in from home instead of sitting in a studio, rotting pastries together.
Sky says that because of the corona virus and the lack of live matches, they distribute staff presenters across their shows. The move underscores the impact of the virus on those who work freelance and who – in many cases – were the first to get a hit.
Geoff Shreeves has intervened in recent weeks to present the Sky Sports Sunday supplement
BECKS AND ROMEO IN PING-PONG DING-DONG
A sport that has become increasingly popular during the pandemic is teqball. The orders for the curved tables – which facilitate a cross between football and table tennis – are on the rise with David Beckham posting a video recording his 17-year-old son Romeo.
The tables are already in many practice areas in the Premier League, and the golf will undoubtedly be the cause of those looking to see teqball as an urban sport at the 2028 Olympics in Los Angeles.
David Beckham and his son Romeo are among those who enjoyed playing teqbal
BOXING PUNCHLINE MIST TARGET
Unquestionably admirable intentions, the World Boxing Council (WBC) held a press conference last week.
The event was a Zoom call in which a number of participants discussed plans for the return of boxing.
Everything seemed to be going well until John Madfis, a Massachusetts-based judge, decided to crack a “joke.”
Referring to proposals to judge remotely for closed-door events, Madfis joked, “The bad thing would be we wouldn’t see any of the ring girls walking around,” before bursting out laughing at his attempt at humor, which smiled a smile of WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman.
It’s safe to say that, given their facial expressions, the female conference call participants didn’t find it amusing.
EFL WARNING ABOUT LEKS WILL NOT BE RESOLVED
After Sports email the EFL’s confidential ‘salary benchmarking report’ and the published figures reflecting the often ridiculous wages of Football League clubs, sent the league an email to all of their clubs warning that further leaks of such material could lead to disciplinary action. The email was subsequently leaked.
CAPTAIN TOM MOORE GIVEN LIFE MEMBERSHIP OF THE ARMY
Captain Tom Moore, the war veteran who was made an honorary colonel last month after raising nearly £ 33 million for the NHS, has now received lifelong membership in the Barmy army.
The group of cricket fans from England joined Sir Alex Ferguson and Leeds United by sending a congratulatory message to the centurion as the English cricket team gave him a test cap.
Captain Tom is already a national treasure, but if he could convince them on his maiden voyage with the Barmy Army to stop clapping for singing a song, he would underline his hero status.
Captain Tom Moore has been a lifelong member of the English Cricket’s Barmy Army
The man of the ECB is scorching well
Doctor Nick Peirce, the medical director of the ECB, is busy. Not only does he keep the governing body informed of the current situation and is in cross-sport briefings with the government, he is also on the front lines treating coronavirus patients in Nottingham.
Dr. Indeed, Peirce, a well-known figure in British sports, has signed up for Zoom meetings who were still dressed in his scrubs after an NHS shift.
ECB medical director Nick Peirce (right) is on the front line treating coronavirus patients
LOWER TILT SIDES GO TO MY CLUB GROUP ON FINANCIAL SENSE
The financial pressure at all football levels is so great that a company offering a service to apply for grants from Sport England’s emergency fund has already received more than 100 applications.
Many clubs down the league pyramid don’t have the infrastructure to access scholarships and have turned to the My Club Group to do the legwork.
DOES HAS A RED FACE?
Beleaguered UK Athletics, whose communications were bullied in Dame Sue Street’s blistering review published last week, cannot help themselves.
The body created a series of quizzes for their 200,000 Twitter followers, and last week they held a Guess Who contest.
The answer? Gareth Warburton, the Welsh medium-distance runner who was banned for six months in 2014 for failing a drug test after taking a supplement that – without his knowledge – was contaminated with an anabolic steroid.
Contributors: Kevin Quigley, Daniel Matthews and Matt Hughes