SPORTS AGENDA: Jordan Henderson takes the lead on NHS relief fund

SPORTS AGENDA: Liverpool’s Jordan Henderson takes the lead on NHS relief fund… while Premier League stars’ lavish coronavirus lockdown posts are given the red card by clubs

  • Liverpool’s Jordan Henderson has suggested a fund be set up to help the NHS 
  • Players have been warned not to post videos of themselves ‘enduring’ lockdown 
  • The Jockey Club have offered 10,000 tickets to NHS workers for Grand National
  • James Anderson says he will not watch Australian cricketers in documentary

Liverpool’s Jordan Henderson has admirably taken the lead in football over coronavirus, suggesting a fund be set up to help the NHS during the crisis.

The England man was also prominent over the weekend at the summit on players’ wages.

It’s surprising, then, that Henderson is not Liverpool’s Professional Footballers’ Association representative. That role is held by back-up goalkeeper Adrian, who took over from Simon Mignolet and was also PFA rep at West Ham.

However, Henderson has been handling talks with the union over the current issue.

Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson is behind a players’ coronavirus crisis fund for the NHS

Premier League clubs are warning their players not to post videos on social media of themselves ‘enduring’ lockdown life in their huge back gardens, lavish kitchens or state-of-the-art home gyms.

A source explained: ‘The players have been made aware that there are people out there who do not have so much as a medicine ball in their houses, let alone a gym, so if they start posting videos from their 100-metre long driveways or sprawling back gardens, it may not be the best look.’

BBC refuse to reveal true cost of Tokyo cancellation

The BBC refused to answer when questioned by Sports Agenda how many workers it had planned to send to Tokyo for the Olympics, how much licence fee payers’ money it had spent and, crucially, whether they were insured against the cost of cancellation.

The BBC has refused to reveal how many workers it planned to take to Tokyo for the Olympics

Comedy of errors after Grealish cock-up

You might expect a press release entitled ‘A Massive Error of Judgement’ to get its facts right. Enter beIN SPORTS, who offered up quotes from Aston Villa legend Andy Gray slamming the club’s midfielder Jack Grealish after his coronavirus cock-up last weekend.

Accusing Grealish of ‘gross stupidity’, the release added: ‘Andy Gray, who won 167 caps for Villa, said…’

NHS staff perk after Cheltenham Festival is slammed

Horseracing has come in for criticism over Cheltenham going ahead this year, with concerns the Festival may have played a role in spreading the coronavirus across the country. A fortnight ago, this column noted that a large number of media and PR people had picked up the virus having joined the 250,000 who attended the event over its four days.

So it is interesting that the Jockey Club, who own the course, have decided to offer 10,000 tickets to NHS workers for the first day of next year’s Grand National meeting at Aintree.

Horseracing has been criticised over Cheltenham going ahead amid the coronavirus crisis

Live stretch session hit by hackers

Pole vaulter Holly Bradshaw admirably started filming live stretching sessions for followers stuck at home during lockdown using the Zoom platform.

However, the feed was hijacked and pornographic pictures subsequently appeared on the screen, much to the shock of those watching.

The Lancastrian, 28, posted a video hitting out at those responsible for the graphic images and is now doing pre-recorded sessions instead.

Holly Bradshaw had her Zoom workouts hijacked and replaced with pornographic images

Product placement from Sky stalwart Shreeves

Nobody can accuse Sky’s Geoff Shreeves of not being a company man. The presenter has been helping to fill the void during the crisis by running extended interviews with pundits.

During his chat with Jamie Carragher, it was noticeable Shreeves had turned not only the ex-Liverpool defender’s book to face the camera on the shelf behind him, but had done the same with the literary works of fellow Sky men Alan Smith and Graeme Souness, as well as ex-colleague Thierry Henry. 

Clubs take advantage of crisis by concealing accounts 

It would appear that a number of clubs have taken advantage of coronavirus and the Chancellor’s relaxing of reporting rules to delay sending in their annual accounts by three months. These include Derby, Brentford and Crystal Palace.

Salary cap proposal leads to ‘howls of derision’

Sources have disclosed there were ‘howls of derision’ at a recent EFL meeting to discuss financial measures to keep clubs alive during the coronavirus crisis when one unnamed executive suggested a Championship-wide salary cap of £6,000 a week.

Such a move would be of little or no assistance to the likes of Millwall and Luton, whose wage bills are dwarfed by the bigger spenders in the league. Insiders say that point was made very strongly.

Jimmy Anderson won’t watch ‘despised’ Aussies

It was telling on the Tailenders podcast to hear Jimmy Anderson has not — and is unlikely to — watch the sickly sweet PR-led ‘documentary’ on Australia’s summer of redemption that this column revealed was in the pipeline and has now been released.

When host and BBC Radio 1 presenter Greg James said he would happily sit through a documentary about broadcast rivals Capital FM, Anderson responded: ‘That’s a bit different — you don’t despise everyone on Capital FM, do you?’

England’s Jimmy Anderson has no interest in watching sickly sweet Australia documentary

Rod Bransgrove writes script for musical in lockdown

Rod Bransgrove, the Hampshire cricket chairman and entrepreneur, is isolated at home in Winchester. So the 70-year-old is using the opportunity to write the script for a musical. In it, Bransgrove plays guitar in his own rock group, although it is not known yet who else will be in the band. One of the people he most admires is Sir Mick Jagger, whom he met through great friend Sir Ian Botham. Bransgrove once sailed to Mustique to have dinner with Jagger.

Manchester City hunt for new media agency

Manchester City continue the hunt for a new media agency after, in a move revealed by Sportsmail, canning their last one following a cringeworthy campaign unauthorised by the club which called for influencers to ‘help promote the atmosphere at the Etihad’. City have put out requests for information to a number of agencies, presumably with a brief to not make them look desperate.


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