So signor, we stopped the show for
you, you're a show stopper how does that feel?
Different, different. I've been in traffic
for the last hour.
I'm just going to ask the audience, aren't
you glad it's Alan and not Lennox (Lewis)?
Well, I actually heard that I was a
substitute for Lennox. I've never ever wanted to be a
substitute, but a substitute for Lennox, yeah that's alright.
Never in your life?
Now listen, you've been doing this
show this millionaire football thing.
Now, I didn't see it
You didn't see it!
It was on St Patrick's day, I was out, I
was slaughtering all over the place. But were
you chosen to do this because you're a bit bitter because they earn
loads and you never did?
And because you're Scottish and well, not
the Scots, but you definitely for being tight,
They took that into it, but every time
I've ever been with you I've bought the first round.
That's right, but I've bought the next
nine, that's the thing.
You've never, ever bought me a round! No,
they asked me to do it because we tried to have a look at the players of
the 80's & 70's, and obviously I played in the 80's, and the way the
players are now and we got some big names, we got Beckham, Owen and
Shearer, and the money now is 10 times what I earned.
Ginola was in it as well wasn't he?
Yes, he was the star in it.
So how did you get on with them all?
I thought they were all terrific, no
honestly. Every one of them. Shearer was terrific, I mean I've played
golf with Shearer about half a dozen times and obviously when the
cameras are on them, they are all very defensive about what they say.
They go into that mode, especially Shearer, when they give nothing away,
but you play golf with them and you have a great time. Great sense of
humour, I asked him about Michael Owen and the goal against Argentina
and he started by saying 'Well I took 2 defenders away' As you would, I
just looked at him and he started to laugh. But then centre forwards are
like that, they take the credit for everything. Michael Owen was
terrific, Beckham was terrific, we had a lot of trouble getting Beckham.
Well he was busy, he was going to be a
And he doesn't do a lot of interviews, but
I had 4 or 6 hours with him, and he's a nice fella.
Chris But you and Beckham
together, not that is a picture of beauty I feel.
Well the only thing is he's 23 I'm 44. He's a superstar and I'm a
(screws up face)
Member of Audience
Who said that, who said Has Been He's not
a Has Been
Oh my goodness, has been!!
Boo, boo you (pointing to member of
audience) Boo You.
He's a multimillionaire and I'm….. Well
I'm getting there! He goes out with one of the Spice Girls, but I've got
the best looking wife in the world.
Well that's all that matters, and I've net Alan's wife and they have a
very happy family situation going on there and you just want to be part
of it. You want to be everybody's uncle when you go to Alan's living
room, and I've been there. Do you think you are as good as Andy Gray?
What as a pundit? I don't think I'm as
good an all-rounder, I mean he does commentary as well and I don't do
commentary because I was never comfortable doing commentary. I was quite
happy sitting in a studio with Des and letting him ask me nice
It's like a gentleman's club there isn't
Um, similar. He is so good that you can't
take Des on because he is so sharp. Off screen you can take him on,
sometimes he says thing like 'that player will be an England player' and
you are like 'What' but that's off screen, on screen he's too quick.
He's a killer. So when are you and Des
going to sign for Sky?
Sign for Sky! I've been in a car for an
hour and a half and you said you would give me an easy time.
OK that's not a fair question.
I'm going to be at the BBC for as long as
they have Match of the Day. As long as they have Match of the Day I'll
OK that's not a fair question, so I'll ask
you a fairer question. Do you think Gary Linekar is getting any better
Gary Linekar is very good at what he does.
I know, I'm just asking you a simple
question! I don't know what the problem is, do you think he's getting
He's always been good at what he does.
Do you think he's any better than he was?
Well I think the longer you are in
television the better you get
Well I hope so, I hope so!
I used to be a footballer, and when the cameras were on me I'd give it
the diplomatic mode.
Do you think you'll be around and the game will be around to see the
first hundred million pound signing?
I don't think that will happen. I think
players may earn a hundred million pounds, but there won't be a
signing. It will all go to wages, and the thing is you can't blame the
players. If somebody said to you take a cut in wages and earn £50,000 a
week, and that would be a cut for you. But if you were on £20,000 a week
and somebody offered you £50,000 everybody would take it, you can't
blame the players.
Football in a good way, going in the right
I think its fantastic, I mean the product
at the minute has never been better. When the Premiership came up,
everybody said that because there is so much live football on TV, crowds
would dwindle, but that hasn't happened. If you try and get a ticket to
the big games you can't get one for love nor money. If TV were ever to
pull the plug then it might be in trouble, but that won't happen.
Football is fashion, its big business.
And we love football, don't we everyone. That's all we have time for,
stay on our screens forever Alan.