FATTY VAUTIN TO GET NEW CON­TRACT

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - SUNDAY SPORTS -

JUST a few weeks af­ter sack­ing him as Footy Show host, Chan­nel 9 is now talk­ing about ex­tend­ing Paul ‘Fatty’ Vautin’s con­tract at the net­work.

Nine’s di­rec­tor of sport Tom Malone has told The Sun­day Tele­graph he hopes the vet­eran TV per­son­al­ity will stick around longer than the one year left on his cur­rent con­tract.

“We love Fatty,” Malone said, “The Footy Show was a bud­get de­ci­sion. We had to halve it.

“It had noth­ing to do with per­son­al­i­ties.

“I rate Fatty very highly as a com­men­ta­tor and I’d like to think we could talk about an ex­ten­sion when the tim­ing’s right. He’s still got a lot to of­fer the net­work.”

Nine ex­ec­u­tives ap­pre­ci­ate the man­ner in which Vautin has pub­licly dealt with his ax­ing.

“Noth­ing lasts for­ever,” he said, “I had a great run.”

This is so dif­fer­ent to the Vautin of old.

If you can re­call the days when he split from his beloved Manly Sea Ea­gles way back in 1989, you’ll know what I’m talk­ing about.

We were close mates in those days. It was one of the ugli­est and most spite­ful splits in the game’s his­tory.

This time, Fatty has han­dled it with dig­nity and class.

Mean­while, Malone and net­work con­sul­tant Gary Burns are plan­ning a new ver­sion of the Footy Show next year for Mon­day and Thurs­day nights.

The mail is Erin Molan will host Thurs­day nights af­ter the live games and James Bracey to host a panel show and week­end re­view on Mon­day nights.

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