Paul Merson

23 May 19
A-League FC

If Magic Man Paul Merson was to label a term on New York Red Bulls, it would surely be his favourite ‘Revels’ tag. For those unaware, the former Arsenal standout enjoys the term. Here are the examples since September 2018 but we could locate mentions as far back as 2010. Paul Merson, September 28, 2018: […]

20 May 19
The_Analyst_Eye

The Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson on a weekly basis predicts the scores for the upcoming weekend’s/weekday Barclays Premier League matches. I must admit he is a very outspoken character at times and does have some odd or even bizarre views along with the rest of the Sky Sports’ Soccer Saturday crew. On the 4th […]

19 May 19
Premier League at 25

Lucky 13 In 2003-2004, Portsmouth made their Premier League debut after storming to the First Division title in the previous season. Former West Ham United manager Harry Redknapp was the man behind the revival at Fratton Park, ably supported by ex-Derby County boss Jim Smith. Portsmouth made an incredible start, staying unbeaten in their first […]

17 May 19
Metro
James sat down to enjoy a salad while on a break from filming (Pictures: AJMIMAGES.CO.UK) James Argent has been spotted filming Celebs On The Farm with co-star actress Tina Malone. The Towie star, who was recently spotted in the boxing ring giving it his all, was pictured sitting down to enjoy a salad as he chatted to his co-stars and the crew on set. James, 31, grinned as he wandered about the set, clearly having a blast as he enjoyed the warm weather. Love Island‘s Hayley Hughes was also spotted filming for the show, strolling around set in a plaid shirt, hoodie and shorts. James, Tina and Hayley join former Strictly Come Dancing pro Artem Chigvintsev, Benidorm star Crissy Rock, former footballer Paul Merson, boxer Charlie Edwards, Paralympian Kadeena Cox, and Ibiza Weekender rep David Potts for the upcoming show. James chatted away to his co-star (Picture: AJMIMAGES.CO.UK) The snaps come after James had a reality check when he appeared on This Morning, being told by Dr Ranj Singh that he’s dangerously overweight. The star had sparked fears and was finally encouraged to seek action over pro fears that he’s ‘on death row’ if he didn’t get healthier soon. He was spotted grinning as he wandered about set (Picture: AJMIMAGES.CO.UK) The Towie star spoke to the show’s resident doctor, Dr Ranj Singh, who told him he needed to lose 17 inches from his waist in order to get healthy again. Weighing him off screen, Ranj said: ‘Arg, everything I’m going to say I say out of love, but it’s tough love. You know you’re significantly overweight.’ Love Island’s Hayley Hughes is set to star alongside Arg (Picture: AJMIMAGES.CO.UK) Talking him through the results of the tests they did together, he added: ‘Your BMI is 44, which means you’re significantly obese and you’re at risk long-term of things like heart disease and type two diabetes. ‘Looking at your measurements, you actually long-term, need to lose 10 stone, to get your BMI back towards that normal range, and you need to lose 17 inches off your waist.’ [metro-tag-post-strip] And the star appears to have taken the advice to heart, recently hitting the boxing ring and telling fans in his Instagram post caption: ‘And so the journey begins…It’s not easy to move & I found it difficult to breathe but I’ve made a start. ‘I’m excited to compare this video to one in a few months time. Thanks for the love and support!’ [metro-fact-box id=”7022752″ title=”Got a showbiz story?” icon=”exclamation” /] [metro-link url=”https://metro.co.uk/2019/05/10/james-argent-hits-boxing-ring-to-lose-10-stone-after-gemma-collins-reunion-9494815/” title=”James Argent hits boxing ring to ‘lose 10 stone’ after Gemma Collins reunion”] [metro-link url=”https://metro.co.uk/2019/05/09/james-argent-chokes-told-needs-lose-10-stone-fears-die-9467347/” title=”James Argent chokes up as he’s told he needs to lose 10 stone after fears he could die”]
16 May 19
The Sun
HE’S spent the past 25 years discussing the world’s top footballers – praising and criticising them in equal measure as he brings the scores the nation. But Jeff Stelling doesn’t think the likes of Harry Kane  should be receiving honours. In an exclusive interview, Jeff said said: ‘My view is that honours should always go to people that do something special in different walks of life’ The Soccer Saturday host says the England captain should not have got an MBE for his performances at the World Cup last summer. In an exclusive interview, he said: “My view is that honours should always go to people that do something special in different walks of life. “The line should be drawn so there are no footballers. I’ve got nothing against players because a lot of them do great charity work without any publicity. “Reward them for that by all means, but not for playing the sport that they are well- rewarded for in the first place.” Jeff is certainly someone who should be in line for an honour of his own. Prince William pins an MBE on to Harry Kane’s suit at Buckingham Palace — but Jeff Stelling believes top players should not get gongs As well as his brilliant hosting of his must-watch Soccer Saturday show, he goes above and beyond for charity. In September, he will be walking four marathons in four countries in four days, all for the charity Prostate Cancer UK, which  launched its ‘Men, we are with you’  campaign this week. He will hopefully be joined some of his telly pals — including Paul Merson and Charlie Nicholas. And Jeff   hopes that as well as doing the monster trek,  he has a few more years   with them on the telly show, too. Soccer Saturday host Jeff with the team including Paul Merson, third from left, and Charlie Nicholas, right But it may not be down to Jeff. He explains:  “It’s not a decision that’s in my hands for two reasons. One, Sky might decide  they’ve had enough or, two, in the future there might not be enough Saturday afternoon football to maintain it.” For  myself and millions of other football fans, Saturday  afternoons just wouldn’t be the same without Jeff at the helm.  To find out more about Jeff’s  March for Men challenge, go to  marchformen.org. READ MORE FROM ANDY HALLS’ BIZARRE TV Amanda is off her box Amanda Holden looks a little cut up after being cut in half by BGT hopeful magician Dan Rhodes BRITAIN’S Got Talent judge Amanda Holden will be seen getting legless on the show tomorrow night. She gets up on stage to help a young magician, Dan Rhodes, who persuades her to lie down in large cardboard box during the ITV show which is airing at  8pm. Amanda looks none too thrilled about climbing inside – and even more so when he shuts her in and produces an electric saw. After hilariously “chopping her in half”, the show ends with Dan magically “putting her back together again”. The audience will  still be in  pieces, though. Amanda seems to be ‘Holden’ it together as magician Dan prepares to get cutting [article-rail-section title=”MOST READ IN TV” posts_category=”330″ posts_number=”6″ query_type=”recent” /] Must Watch WHAT? Puppy School, Channel 4, 8pm. WHY? New dog owners – including Laura from Cornwall and her lovely  Newfoundland puppy –  learn how to navigate puppy parenthood, with the help of experts. Jack on right track Former pro-footballer Jack Fowler, who was on the ITV show last summer, is launching a bid to become a pop star LOVE Island transformed Amber Davies from  reality star to West End wonder, but I don’t think it will repeat the feat with Jack Fowler. The former pro-footballer, who was on the ITV show last summer, is launching a bid to become a pop star. And he is hoping his debut single will be played on the upcoming series. Jack has even turned to his agent, Blue singer Simon Webb, for help in delivering the hip-hop track. A source said: “Jack has recorded his first song. There’s a few references to the villa in the tune and he’s planning to release it before the new series of Love Island.” It comes after  co-star Wes Nelson told The Sun he is in talks to launch a music career. There is more chance of me getting to No1. Biz Bit EMMERDALE and I’m A Celeb campmate Adam Thomas spent three hours in A&E after he dropped a 50kg weight on his face as he worked out at the gym this week. Luckily, he emerged relatively unscathed. [boxout headline=”LIAR TWO ADDS TO CAST” featured-image=”9092718″ intro=”KATHERINE KELLY’s addition to the cast of Liar has made the second series one of the this year’s most eagerly-awaited programmes.”]Now I can reveal two more  familiar faces  are joining the ex-Corrie star and regulars  Ioan Gruffudd and Joanne Froggatt in the hit ITV thriller. Howard Charles and Sam Spruell have also been spotted on set. Howard  recently starred alongside Kate Beckinsale in ITV’s The Widow, but is best known as Porthos in the BBC’s    The Three Musketeers. Sam  was in Luther alongside Idris Elba. It’s not yet clear exactly what roles the pair will be playing in Liar,  as the creators have been very tight-lipped – particularly when it comes to the new characters who’ll feature when the  programme returns in the autumn. I think I might have died of anticipation by then.[/boxout] Biz Bit THE GMB weathergirl LAURA TOBIN yelled “f***” live on air yesterday as she delivered her report. But you can hardly blame her – she was dangling 500ft off the ground at the top of Blackpool Tower. [boxout headline=”SOAPBOX” featured-image=”9092868″]THINGS get passionate in Walford as Kat and Kush act on their chemistry. The EASTENDERS pair fall into each other’s arms when Kush gets jealous seeing Kat with another man. Meanwhile, Mel gets cosy with Max while Jack is on a date with Denise. On CORONATION STREET,  with the cops keen to question Nick more about the factory roof collapse and Natalie making sly digs about her boss, David is jittery. The brothers talk through the issue at the barber’s but neither  can think of a way to explain  that £30,000 cash boost.[/boxout] GOT a story? RING The Sun on 0207 782 4104 or WHATSAPP on 07423720250 or EMAIL exclusive@the-sun.co.uk
16 May 19
The Scottish Sun
HE’S spent the past 25 years discussing the world’s top footballers – praising and criticising them in equal measure as he brings the scores the nation. But Jeff Stelling doesn’t think the likes of Harry Kane  should be receiving honours. In an exclusive interview, Jeff said said: ‘My view is that honours should always go to people that do something special in different walks of life’ The Soccer Saturday host says the England captain should not have got an MBE for his performances at the World Cup last summer. In an exclusive interview, he said: “My view is that honours should always go to people that do something special in different walks of life. “The line should be drawn so there are no footballers. I’ve got nothing against players because a lot of them do great charity work without any publicity. “Reward them for that by all means, but not for playing the sport that they are well- rewarded for in the first place.” Jeff is certainly someone who should be in line for an honour of his own. Prince William pins an MBE on to Harry Kane’s suit at Buckingham Palace — but Jeff Stelling believes top players should not get gongs As well as his brilliant hosting of his must-watch Soccer Saturday show, he goes above and beyond for charity. In September, he will be walking four marathons in four countries in four days, all for the charity Prostate Cancer UK, which  launched its ‘Men, we are with you’  campaign this week. He will hopefully be joined some of his telly pals — including Paul Merson and Charlie Nicholas. And Jeff   hopes that as well as doing the monster trek,  he has a few more years   with them on the telly show, too. Soccer Saturday host Jeff with the team including Paul Merson, third from left, and Charlie Nicholas, right But it may not be down to Jeff. He explains:  “It’s not a decision that’s in my hands for two reasons. One, Sky might decide  they’ve had enough or, two, in the future there might not be enough Saturday afternoon football to maintain it.” For  myself and millions of other football fans, Saturday  afternoons just wouldn’t be the same without Jeff at the helm.  To find out more about Jeff’s  March for Men challenge, go to  marchformen.org. READ MORE FROM ANDY HALLS’ BIZARRE TV Amanda is off her box Amanda Holden looks a little cut up after being cut in half by BGT hopeful magician Dan Rhodes BRITAIN’S Got Talent judge Amanda Holden will be seen getting legless on the show tomorrow night. She gets up on stage to help a young magician, Dan Rhodes, who persuades her to lie down in large cardboard box during the ITV show which is airing at  8pm. Amanda looks none too thrilled about climbing inside – and even more so when he shuts her in and produces an electric saw. After hilariously “chopping her in half”, the show ends with Dan magically “putting her back together again”. The audience will  still be in  pieces, though. Amanda seems to be ‘Holden’ it together as magician Dan prepares to get cutting [article-rail-section title=”MOST READ IN TV” posts_category=”9″ posts_number=”6″ query_type=”recent” /] Must Watch WHAT? Puppy School, Channel 4, 8pm. WHY? New dog owners – including Laura from Cornwall and her lovely  Newfoundland puppy –  learn how to navigate puppy parenthood, with the help of experts. Jack on right track Former pro-footballer Jack Fowler, who was on the ITV show last summer, is launching a bid to become a pop star LOVE Island transformed Amber Davies from  reality star to West End wonder, but I don’t think it will repeat the feat with Jack Fowler. The former pro-footballer, who was on the ITV show last summer, is launching a bid to become a pop star. And he is hoping his debut single will be played on the upcoming series. Jack has even turned to his agent, Blue singer Simon Webb, for help in delivering the hip-hop track. A source said: “Jack has recorded his first song. There’s a few references to the villa in the tune and he’s planning to release it before the new series of Love Island.” It comes after  co-star Wes Nelson told The Sun he is in talks to launch a music career. There is more chance of me getting to No1. Biz Bit EMMERDALE and I’m A Celeb campmate Adam Thomas spent three hours in A&E after he dropped a 50kg weight on his face as he worked out at the gym this week. Luckily, he emerged relatively unscathed. [boxout headline=”LIAR TWO ADDS TO CAST” featured-image=”4252727″ intro=”KATHERINE KELLY’s addition to the cast of Liar has made the second series one of the this year’s most eagerly-awaited programmes.”]Now I can reveal two more  familiar faces  are joining the ex-Corrie star and regulars  Ioan Gruffudd and Joanne Froggatt in the hit ITV thriller. Howard Charles and Sam Spruell have also been spotted on set. Howard  recently starred alongside Kate Beckinsale in ITV’s The Widow, but is best known as Porthos in the BBC’s    The Three Musketeers. Sam  was in Luther alongside Idris Elba. It’s not yet clear exactly what roles the pair will be playing in Liar,  as the creators have been very tight-lipped – particularly when it comes to the new characters who’ll feature when the  programme returns in the autumn. I think I might have died of anticipation by then.[/boxout] Biz Bit THE GMB weathergirl LAURA TOBIN yelled “f***” live on air yesterday as she delivered her report. But you can hardly blame her – she was dangling 500ft off the ground at the top of Blackpool Tower. [boxout headline=”SOAPBOX” featured-image=”4252748″]THINGS get passionate in Walford as Kat and Kush act on their chemistry. The EASTENDERS pair fall into each other’s arms when Kush gets jealous seeing Kat with another man. Meanwhile, Mel gets cosy with Max while Jack is on a date with Denise. On CORONATION STREET,  with the cops keen to question Nick more about the factory roof collapse and Natalie making sly digs about her boss, David is jittery. The brothers talk through the issue at the barber’s but neither  can think of a way to explain  that £30,000 cash boost.[/boxout] GOT a story? RING The Sun on 0207 782 4104 or WHATSAPP on 07423720250 or EMAIL exclusive@the-sun.co.uk
16 May 19
The Irish Sun
HE’S spent the past 25 years discussing the world’s top footballers – praising and criticising them in equal measure as he brings the scores the nation. But Jeff Stelling doesn’t think the likes of Harry Kane  should be receiving honours. In an exclusive interview, Jeff said said: ‘My view is that honours should always go to people that do something special in different walks of life’ The Soccer Saturday host says the England captain should not have got an MBE for his performances at the World Cup last summer. In an exclusive interview, he said: “My view is that honours should always go to people that do something special in different walks of life. “The line should be drawn so there are no footballers. I’ve got nothing against players because a lot of them do great charity work without any publicity. “Reward them for that by all means, but not for playing the sport that they are well- rewarded for in the first place.” Jeff is certainly someone who should be in line for an honour of his own. Prince William pins an MBE on to Harry Kane’s suit at Buckingham Palace — but Jeff Stelling believes top players should not get gongs As well as his brilliant hosting of his must-watch Soccer Saturday show, he goes above and beyond for charity. In September, he will be walking four marathons in four countries in four days, all for the charity Prostate Cancer UK, which  launched its ‘Men, we are with you’  campaign this week. He will hopefully be joined some of his telly pals — including Paul Merson and Charlie Nicholas. And Jeff   hopes that as well as doing the monster trek,  he has a few more years   with them on the telly show, too. Soccer Saturday host Jeff with the team including Paul Merson, third from left, and Charlie Nicholas, right But it may not be down to Jeff. He explains:  “It’s not a decision that’s in my hands for two reasons. One, Sky might decide  they’ve had enough or, two, in the future there might not be enough Saturday afternoon football to maintain it.” For  myself and millions of other football fans, Saturday  afternoons just wouldn’t be the same without Jeff at the helm.  To find out more about Jeff’s  March for Men challenge, go to  marchformen.org. READ MORE FROM ANDY HALLS’ BIZARRE TV Amanda is off her box Amanda Holden looks a little cut up after being cut in half by BGT hopeful magician Dan Rhodes BRITAIN’S Got Talent judge Amanda Holden will be seen getting legless on the show tomorrow night. She gets up on stage to help a young magician, Dan Rhodes, who persuades her to lie down in large cardboard box during the ITV show which is airing at  8pm. Amanda looks none too thrilled about climbing inside – and even more so when he shuts her in and produces an electric saw. After hilariously “chopping her in half”, the show ends with Dan magically “putting her back together again”. The audience will  still be in  pieces, though. Amanda seems to be ‘Holden’ it together as magician Dan prepares to get cutting [article-rail-section title=”MOST READ IN TV” posts_category=”12″ posts_number=”6″ query_type=”recent” /] Must Watch WHAT? Puppy School, Channel 4, 8pm. WHY? New dog owners – including Laura from Cornwall and her lovely  Newfoundland puppy –  learn how to navigate puppy parenthood, with the help of experts. Jack on right track Former pro-footballer Jack Fowler, who was on the ITV show last summer, is launching a bid to become a pop star LOVE Island transformed Amber Davies from  reality star to West End wonder, but I don’t think it will repeat the feat with Jack Fowler. The former pro-footballer, who was on the ITV show last summer, is launching a bid to become a pop star. And he is hoping his debut single will be played on the upcoming series. Jack has even turned to his agent, Blue singer Simon Webb, for help in delivering the hip-hop track. A source said: “Jack has recorded his first song. There’s a few references to the villa in the tune and he’s planning to release it before the new series of Love Island.” It comes after  co-star Wes Nelson told The Sun he is in talks to launch a music career. There is more chance of me getting to No1. Biz Bit EMMERDALE and I’m A Celeb campmate Adam Thomas spent three hours in A&E after he dropped a 50kg weight on his face as he worked out at the gym this week. Luckily, he emerged relatively unscathed. [boxout headline=”LIAR TWO ADDS TO CAST” featured-image=”4106363″ intro=”KATHERINE KELLY’s addition to the cast of Liar has made the second series one of the this year’s most eagerly-awaited programmes.”]Now I can reveal two more  familiar faces  are joining the ex-Corrie star and regulars  Ioan Gruffudd and Joanne Froggatt in the hit ITV thriller. Howard Charles and Sam Spruell have also been spotted on set. Howard  recently starred alongside Kate Beckinsale in ITV’s The Widow, but is best known as Porthos in the BBC’s    The Three Musketeers. Sam  was in Luther alongside Idris Elba. It’s not yet clear exactly what roles the pair will be playing in Liar,  as the creators have been very tight-lipped – particularly when it comes to the new characters who’ll feature when the  programme returns in the autumn. I think I might have died of anticipation by then.[/boxout] Biz Bit THE GMB weathergirl LAURA TOBIN yelled “f***” live on air yesterday as she delivered her report. But you can hardly blame her – she was dangling 500ft off the ground at the top of Blackpool Tower. [boxout headline=”SOAPBOX” featured-image=”4106378″]THINGS get passionate in Walford as Kat and Kush act on their chemistry. The EASTENDERS pair fall into each other’s arms when Kush gets jealous seeing Kat with another man. Meanwhile, Mel gets cosy with Max while Jack is on a date with Denise. On CORONATION STREET,  with the cops keen to question Nick more about the factory roof collapse and Natalie making sly digs about her boss, David is jittery. The brothers talk through the issue at the barber’s but neither  can think of a way to explain  that £30,000 cash boost.[/boxout] GOT a story? RING The Sun on 0207 782 4104 or WHATSAPP on 07423720250 or EMAIL exclusive@the-sun.co.uk