Marlon King’s imprisonment for 18-months for beating up a women was the first issue up for discussion, and The Mirror’s Oliver Holt was quick to support Wigan chairman Dave Whelan’s firing of the forward. Holt said that Whelan’s actions were “refreshing and I’m pleased he did it… One of the things you have to do is put yourself in the place of King’s victim.” Host Brian Woolnough raised the hypothetical question of what if King was a 30-goal a year striker, before the Daily Express’ John Richardson posed the question of who might sign the forward on his release with the hack barking “hopefully nobody.” A slightly more diplomatic Andy Dunn (NOTW) criticised King’s agent for having raised the issue of future employment at all, calling it “obscene and distasteful.”
Next, Liverpool’s woes were raised with Andy Dunn immediately talking the reigns on the discussion. Dunn claimed that Benitez “cuts an increasingly isolated figure from his players” citing the questionable substitutions of Torres and Benayoun at Fulham on Saturday. The usual criticisms that the Reds’ squad is too thin were tabled, with Richardson butting in with “who will sack Benitez though?!” Holt countered with his rebuttal that “Benitez’s record demands respect.”
Lastly the tenure of Phil Brown at Hull was the final topic up for debate after rumours of an imminent sacking surfaced last week. Unceremoniously, John Richardson tooted “it’s curtains for Phil… he’s had a horrendous year. Three wins in the calendar year… Forces are conspiring against him.” The panel were in general consensus though that Brown should be given more time to turn things round at Hull, noting the dire financial implications should the Tigers fall to relegation.