Kieran Trippier and Mauricio Pochettino battled to avoid rolling on the floor laughing their arses off this week as it was announced to them at a contract signing that Alan Shearer earns around £450,000 per year for his contribution to Match of the Day.
While many observers assumed Trippier’s smile might have been due to him doubling his wages to £65,000 per week and Pochettino’s the product of his fatherly love for his players – there was in fact another story.
The pair had just heard news of Alan Shearer’s monster pay as a BBC pundit – with a salary so staggering the Tottenham manager was unable to sit down for the signing of Trippier’s new five-year contract.
“That’s the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard,” Pochettino was heard saying, adding “I could speak more complete English sentences than he can after two weeks in the Southampton job.”
“I’m in the wrong business,” Trippier added. “My legs might start going in a few years, but as long as Shearer keeps nodding his head and saying ‘I couldn’t agree more, Gary’, he’s going to be raking in half a million a year.”
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