FI­NAL THIRD

A fond farewell to Man­ish Bhasin, Steve Clar­idge and Co.

The Football League Paper - - INSIDE: - By John Lyons

GO ON, ad­mit it, you missed them, didn’t you? As Chan­nel 5 launched their new Football League high­lights pro­gramme last week­end, it re­ally brought it home – Man­ish Bhasin, Steve Clar­idge, Leroy Rose­nior and Mark Clem­mit have gone.

Af­ter six years the cur­tain has come down on the BBC’s late night

Football League Show. We’re go­ing to miss those riv­et­ing chats in the stu­dio and Clem go­ing out to a Football League game to do a story about him­self, er, sorry, I mean a new man­ager.

As our own small trib­ute, here’s a lit­tle snip­pet of the kind of chat we’re never go­ing to have the chance to en­joy again:

Man­ish ( wor­ried/pained look): (Team name) have lost 16 of their last 17 games, the man­ager is un­der huge pres­sure, they’re ten points adrift at the bot­tom of the ta­ble and £10m in debt. Cause for con­cern? Steve: Well, yes and no…

Man­ish: What do you think, Leroy?

Leroy: Look, if there’s one man­ager who can get this club out of trou­ble it’s (man­ager’s name). He’s got a great fu­ture ahead of him. More im­por­tantly, has any­one seen Clem?

Clem (talk­ing loudly/In man­ager’s face): I’m here at (club) to meet new man­ager (name). How are you feel­ing?

New man­ager: I’m re­ally look­ing for­ward to the game. I hope we’ll get off to a great start. Clem (shout­ing as teams come out): Here they come, the play­ers and the new man­ager...

Af­ter the game, a 7-1 de­feat for the new boss:

Man­ager (run­ning): Quick, let’s get out of here be­fore Clem spots us...

Clem (scream­ing): Come back! Clearly, Chan­nel 5’s Football League

Tonight with Kelly Cates, Ge­orge Ri­ley and The FLP colum­nist Adam Virgo has big boots to fill.

They shook things up with their run­ning or­der last week and also brought in a stu­dio au­di­ence, a risky move af­ter the pan­ning the BBC took for Clare Bald­ing’s Wim­ble­don 2Day cov­er­age ear­lier this sum­mer.

It’s a fresh start, a new era and, cru­cially, at 9pm a fam­ily-friendly time.

But we’ll al­ways have a place in our heart for Man­ish, Steve, Leroy and Clem… well played, lads.

OLDS DAYS: Man­ish Bhasin, right, Steve Clar­idge, top left, Leroy Rose­nior, mid­dle, and Mark Clem­mit, bot­tom, were the stars of TheFoot­bal­lLeagueShow

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