Why Alan Brazil could be nuts to open his own bar

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Thirsty Talksport host Alan Brazil’s usual meticulous preparation temporarily deserted him as he previewed the Tyne-Wear derby with Steven Taylor this week.

In a moment reminiscent of Brazil asking a guest about Bob Monkouse’s health, only to be told “he died at Christmas”, Big Al asked for the defender’s thoughts on his personal form in recent weeks, only to be told that Taylor had not played since rupturing his Achilles three months ago and was still facing many months on the sidelines.

“I dinnae read my scripts,” said the great man, who is opening his own bar in May, dangerously close to Talksport’s Southwark headquarters.

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There were no shortage of Liverpool players making themselves available for interviews after last week’s Carling Cup final victory – including  Jamie Carragher, who taunted sideline reporter Andy Burton over his part in the Keys & Gray fiasco.

But the number of players who were willing to talk to print reporters after the Red revival was halted with defeat by Arsenal on Saturday? Not a single one.

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Mick McCarthy showed he hasn't lost his sense of humour - despite losing his job - on a recent trip to the bank.

When Mick asked the bank clerk serving him how he was, the young man unwittingly replied "not too bad - at least I've still got a job", before apologising profusely to the sacked Wolves boss, who took the Freudian slip with typically good grace.

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