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Sack him Boris! 'Useless' Hancock told to go after claim he withheld positive vaccine news

Sack him Boris! 'Useless' Hancock told to go after claim he withheld positive vaccine news

A study by Public Health England (PHE) was released on June 14 and concluded the vaccines offered “significant protection against hospitalisation from the delta variant”. The Health Secretary is alleged to have known about the findings on June 10 – three days before the Prime Minister ultimately decided to delay the June 21 “Freedom Day” by four weeks.

On June 13, Mr Johnson chaired a virtual meeting from the G7 in Cornwall with the Health Secretary, Chancellor Rishi Sunak and Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove and agreed to halt the roadmap.

Sources say Downing Street was only informed about the positive PHE study via an email a couple of hours before the Covid summit.

The Health Secretary did not raise the PHE findings, nor was the data included in any briefing papers, The Sunday Telegraph reported.

Now, the Prime Minister has been told to sack the Health Secretary, claiming he is a “danger” to public health.

One person tweeted: “I think it’s time for change.”

Another Twitter user accused the Health Secretary of being “drunk with power” and believes he is “invincible”.

Someone else said: “Open war now between Boris and Hancock.

“If Boris had a spine he’d sack him, but as we saw last Monday he doesn’t….”

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Another commenter said: “I’ll say it again: Matt Hancock is an utter disgrace.

“How he’s been able to stay in his post is a complete mystery to me.

“The man is a lockdown fundamentalist.”

Someone else urged the Health Secretary to “resign” and said: “Resign. You are a criminal and a danger to public health.”

Another person tweeted: “Boris Johnson are you going sack him then?

“No, of course you’re not.”

Steve Baker, the deputy chairman of the Covid Recovery Group of Conservative MPs, claimed the Prime Minister may have been “bounced” into extending coronavirus restrictions.

He said: “Either Matt Hancock thought this data was insignificant or he thought it should be withheld from the Prime Minister and other key ministers.

“Either way, the mind boggles at what conversation must now be necessary with the Prime Minister, and I feel confident it will be a matter of interest to my colleagues on the relevant select committees.

“If Matt Hancock was deliberately withholding relevant information, what was he trying to gain? Was the Prime Minister bounced?

“To send an email so late in the day is an act of opposition.

“It’s the sort of thing we do to Labour MPs before appearing in their constituencies to campaign.

“It’s not what a Health Secretary should do to a Prime Minister.”

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Gary Lineker enjoying £1.2million Walkers deal – as Nick Knowles faces sack for cereal ad

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Fans have leapt to Knowles‘ defence after it was claimed he might lose out on his BBC gig for appearing in a cereal advert. The presenter, who is known for his role as host of DIY SOS, upset the corporation after playing a builder in a Shreddies commercial. Reports suggest the advert breaches the broadcaster’s strict advertising rules which ban “talent” from trading-off their on-screen personas.
Fans of Knowles took to social media to complain about the potential move, some branding the BBC “inconsistent” for allowing Match of the Day host Lineker to continue being the face of Walkers crisps.

One Twitter user said: “This is ridiculous. What’s the difference between Gary Lineker selling Walkers Crisps? Very inconsistent policy?”

Lineker has been a part of the Walkers brand for 25 years, and in October signed a contract extending his services until 2023.

As part of the contract, the ex-footballer, 60, bagged a monstrous £1.2million.

Gary Lineker: The ex-footballer enjoys a handsome salary while earning from external pursuits

Gary Lineker: The ex-footballer enjoys a handsome salary while earning from external pursuits (Image: GETTY)

BBC news: Lineker has presented Match of the Day since 1999 having appeared as a pundit before that

BBC news: Lineker has presented Match of the Day since 1999 having appeared as a pundit before that (Image: GETTY)

The new deal will see him in fewer adverts and take on an ambassadorial role, according to Fernando Kahane, Walkers’ senior marketing director.

He had also recently signed a five-year deal with the BBC said to be worth £6.75million.

This deal was intended to water down his regular salary having taken a voluntary 23 percent pay cut.

Tim Davie, the BBC’s new Director General, told the i newspaper that the deal “across the board will deliver savings of one quarter over his last contract”.

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Nick Knowles: The presenter has become a household name because of his role on DIY SOS

Nick Knowles: The presenter has become a household name because of his role on DIY SOS (Image: GETTY)

Lineker was the highest-earning star with an unchanged salary of £1.75m in the 2019/20 financial year.

The cut means he could earn less than Zoe Ball.

The Radio 2 presenter saw her pay rise by £1m since taking over the breakfast show in 2019.

On volunteering to take a pay cut, Lineker told The Daily Mirror: “I love my job at the BBC and I enjoy doing it.

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Walkers: Lineker has been a part of Walkers for 25 years

Walkers: Lineker has been a part of Walkers for 25 years (Image: Youtube/Walkers Crisps)

Celebrity news: Knowles has kept the Shreddies advert on display at the top of his website

Celebrity news: Knowles has kept the Shreddies advert on display at the top of his website (Image: GETTY)

“I’m currently negotiating a new contract with them and I’m volunteering to take less.”

He reportedly told a friend: ‘It’s the right thing to do.”

Despite this, controversy has continued to surround the amount of cash he takes home.

In February, he was accused of “mocking the poor” after joking about his new salary in response to the corporation ramping up the cost of the licence fee.

TV licence fee: The UK has one of the highest licence fees in Europe

TV licence fee: The UK has one of the highest licence fees in Europe (Image: Express Newspapers)

The hike saw it go from £157.50 to £159 a year.

Taking to Twitter, he wrote: “But, but I’ve just taken a pay cut.”

This was followed by a smiling emoji face with its tongue out.

His attempt at sarcasm misfired, with people describing him as “heartless” and “missing the mood of the public”.

Fans who usually supported him said they thought the comment was misjudged, adding: “Your timing isn’t great, Gary.”

DIY: Knowles has appeared on the show for 21 years

DIY: Knowles has appeared on the show for 21 years (Image: BBC)

Meanwhile, in a crunch Zoom meeting last month, Knowles was told by BBC bosses that he had to get the Shreddies advert taken off air or quit DIY SOS, according to MailOnline.

While the show helped launch his career, Knowles has recently signed up for a new DIY programme on Channel 5.

He is also still advertising the Shreddies commercial at the top of his website.

MailOnline added that it “understands that the issue is the similarity between Knowles’ character in the advert and his role as the presenter of DIY SOS – and whether it breaches a rule banning stars from replicating their BBC roles in commercials”.

In a joint statement from the BBC and Nick told Express.co.uk: “Both the BBC and Nick are keen to resolve this matter and are working together to seek a solution.” 

 

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Arsenal 'could sack Mikel Arteta next season' as Gunners boss handed transfer ultimatum

Arsenal 'could sack Mikel Arteta next season' as Gunners boss handed transfer ultimatum
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta could be relieved of his duties during the early stages of next season if the Spaniard’s planned summer overhaul fails to improve the team’s fortunes, according to reports. The Gunners have endured a torrid Premier League campaign and are limping to a disappointing mid-table finish.
Arteta’s side are still in with a chance of winning the Europa League, but if they fail to qualify for next season’s competition, they will be forced to go through an entire campaign without continental football for the first time in 25 years.

The former Arsenal and Everton midfielder can take credit for a number of positives since his appointment in November 2019, including the successful integration of a number of talented youth players.

However, the collective performances this season have simply not been good enough for a club of Arsenal’s size and stature.

Arteta found himself under significant pressure over the festive period with the Gunners firmly in the bottom half of the table, but a mini-revival kept his job secure.

Since climbing back into the Premier League’s top ten, the club’s on-pitch improvements have been minimal, with a number of critical errors dropping valuable points for the north London outfit.

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A large-scale summer overhaul is expected at the end of the campaign, with reinforcements desperately needed for Arsenal to stand any chance of fighting for a top-four finish next season.

It seems as though Arteta’s immediate future will be reliant on a successful transfer window, as club chiefs are prepared to wield the axe if performances do not improve, according to talkSPORT.

The report claims that the 39-year-old has been given a ten-match ultimatum to show that his side can be competitive, which is set to come into effect at the start of next season.

Arteta declared ahead of Sunday’s victory over Newcastle United that he is not worried about the sack ahead of the most important week of his short managerial career.

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He will lead the Gunners into battle against Villarreal for Thursday evening’s decisive Europa League semi-final second-leg clash, with the aim of overturning a 2-1 first-leg deficit at the Emirates Stadium.

“I don’t want to think that way,” Arteta told reporters. “I want to think that we are going to be in that [Europa League] final and then we are going to have really positive consequences after that.”

Arsenal have been less than impressive in recent outings, taking just two wins from their last six Premier League matches.

When quizzed on the factors behind his team’s dire form, Arteta explained: “It is for many different reasons.

“One, we haven’t had the opportunity to have a very consistent line up. Consistency in results in the Premier League is very different to the Europa League, where we have been very consistent.

“But in the league we haven’t for many different reasons, one of those is the line up, another is the amount of errors that we have produced in key moments, another is the lack of effectiveness in the final third I would say, to kill games off.

“Another is because the opponent has sometimes been better. We try to be as clear as we can all the time in our messages but sometimes the opponents gets it right from the beginning.

“I think it was crucial against Villarreal that they scored early and how we reacted after that.

“There are some games where we have started really well and not finished that well. So I don’t think there has been a pattern over the season.”

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Premier League talking points: Man Utd luck, Arsenal woes, Kane preventing Mourinho sack

Premier League talking points: Man Utd luck, Arsenal woes, Kane preventing Mourinho sack

Premier League talking points: Man Utd luck, Arsenal woes, Kane preventing Mourinho sack (Image: GETTY)

The Premier League returned post-international break with plenty of drama as West Brom hammered Chelsea 5-2, Arsenal lost to Liverpool and Tottenham threw away victory at Newcastle, while Manchester United came from behind to beat Brighton. Express Sport’s Matt Dunn looks at all the major talking points from match-day 30.
CHELSEA PLAYERS CAN ROW BUT MUST NOT ROCK THE BOAT

Angry rows in the dressing room. Over-exuberant challenges in training leading to bust-ups. A cooling down period required for a senior player.

But none of those are the main problem that should be concerning Thomas Tuchel as he deals with the fall out of only his first defeat as Chelsea boss in 15 games.

The worry he has is that his private business is all very much out in the open.

The sort of repercussions that have gone on at Chelsea are common at any club – especially one that has played as badly as Chelsea did against West Brom on Saturday.

But the speed with which the first signs of cracks permeated out into the wider world is a far more worrying sign of structural problems than some frustrated fisticuffs between two players who did not even take part on Wednesday.

Tuchel is an abrasive character and has left bust-ups wherever he goes as a manager. That is his style.

What he does not need is his dirty linen being washed in public just at the point where he needs to return to clean sheets and winning ways as quickly as possible.

Premier League talking points: Man Utd luck, Arsenal woes, Kane preventing Mourinho sack

Premier League talking points: Man Utd luck, Arsenal woes, Kane preventing Mourinho sack (Image: GETTY)

BIG CLUBS GET THE BIG SWINGS AND NEVER ANY ROUNDABOUTS

A lot of things Ole Gunnar Solskjaer appears to have gleaned from Manchester United legend Sir Alex Ferguson include, it now transpires, an uncanny knack to have major decisions go his way.

For years now the bigger teams have got the bigger calls and it is going to take more than the ham-fisted use of VAR technology to eradicate that, it seems.

Referees are not deliberately biased, but some subconscious sense – it turns out it is not even baying hordes in giant stadiums either – seems to make them look after the interests of the favourite when making a judgment call.

Danny Welbeck was denied the sort of penalty he used to get when in a United shirt. The touch was not much, but it was there.

It is almost as though referees are guided by what ought to happen – i.e. the Manchester Uniteds of this world should beat the Brightons – when weighing up the evidence of their eyes.

The trouble is, while this subjectivity leads to errors, they are not clear and obvious ones – another reason why the whole VAR concept is flawed.

Premier League talking points: Man Utd luck, Arsenal woes, Kane preventing Mourinho sack

Premier League talking points: Man Utd luck, Arsenal woes, Kane preventing Mourinho sack (Image: GETTY)

ARSENAL MONEY DOESN’T TALK

In the long-running game of finger-pointing at Arsenal, never has more compelling evidence been collated to show where the club have been going wrong in recent seasons.

For one of the first times ever, the three most expensive signings in the club’s history all started a game together – and they stank the place out in being totally out-performed by Liverpool in their own back yard.

Nicolas Pepe, £72million, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, £56m, and Alexandre Lacazette, £47m, represent a huge outlay on players who, quite simply, are not good enough.

As Liverpool demonstrated so ably.

Diogo Jota, for example, was signed for less any of those and yet showed the sort of regenerative cutting edge Liverpool need as Mohamed Salah begins to have such wistful, wandering eyes.

Arteta is being relied upon to coach up the cheaper talent from within. But are his players really improving?

Eighth last season, they are currently 10th in one of the most average Premier League seasons in recent years.

The executive are playing as badly in the transfer market as the players have been on he pitch at times. It is a club heading in the wrong direction.

Premier League talking points: Man Utd luck, Arsenal woes, Kane preventing Mourinho sack

Premier League talking points: Man Utd luck, Arsenal woes, Kane preventing Mourinho sack (Image: GETTY)

MOURINHO CLINGING ON TO FADING STARS

By his own admission, Jose Mourinho inherited a squad which, when fit, he believed had the talent at Tottenham to win the league.

Now that they are pretty much all up and running, he now does not trust them to hold on to a lead and beat the most out-of-sorts team in the division.

He blames the players, but it is not exactly rocket science to work out where things have gone most wrong.

A manager who used to turn good players into great players now turns promising players into nervous wrecks.

Just ask Dele Alli, Harry Winks, Eric Dier, Davinson Sanchez, Steven Bergwijn and Matt Doherty.

Only the remarkable glue provided by Hugo Lloris and the incredible strength of will displayed always by Harry Kane – coupled with talented midfielders Mourinho inherited in Tanguy Ndombele and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg – is holding the team together at all.

Mourinho told the Kane on the Amazon Prime documentary, “My dimension is universal and by being with me I think I can help you.”

That has since been turned on his head and Kane’s form is the only one keeping the Special One even in a job.

Premier League talking points: Man Utd luck, Arsenal woes, Kane preventing Mourinho sack

Premier League talking points: Man Utd luck, Arsenal woes, Kane preventing Mourinho sack (Image: GETTY)

SOUTHGATE’S EURO 20-TRENTY VISION

It seemed like madness but on Saturday at the Emirates I think we got to see the method.

England manager Gareth Southgate’s treatment of Liverpool right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold.

We are not suddenly so blessed as a nation that we can afford to leave one of our few world class players out of a major finals.

In reality, the decision to drop the Liverpool full-back from the most recent international get-together is beginning to look like nothing other than a well-timed wake up call to make sure Alexander-Arnold brings the very best off himself to the finals come the summer.

And after a so-so season for the 22-year-old we saw a little bit more of that again on Saturday evening.

Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho risks Frank Lampard Chelsea sack repeat after brutal comment

Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho risks Frank Lampard Chelsea sack repeat after brutal comment
It was only four words, but four words that said a lot about Jose Mourinho’s current attitude towards his Tottenham squad. “Same coach, different players.” That was the sour response the Spurs boss gave to BBC Radio 5 Live’s Juliette Ferrington, after the reporter noted to Mourinho his previous knack for developing teams excellent at holding on to leads.
Spurs haven’t got that quality. At all. They’ve lost 11 points in the last 10 minutes of Premier League matches alone this season, dropping 15 from winning positions overall.

The 2-2 draw with Newcastle at St James’ Park on Sunday was the latest match in which Spurs led for a long period but failed to win, as the north Londoners squandered a chance to move beyond Chelsea into fourth.

Mourinho said post-match: “There are mistakes which I probably shouldn’t even call mistakes because they are related to qualities that players have.”

It’s hardly the first time the 58-year-old, who bemoaned his team’s “instability” in the north east,  has hit out at his own players. He’s done it time and time before throughout his managerial career, most notably at Chelsea, Manchester United and Real Madrid.

It is all part of Mourinho’s managerial psyche, one that worked so well for him a decade and longer ago but more recently has seen his abilities questioned – has he still got it? Has the game moved beyond the defence-minded tactician?

Earlier this season Spurs looked braced for a Premier League title challenge, Harry Kane and Son Heung-min surprisingly thriving off of Mourinho’s sit-and-counter tactics, but they’ve generally been on the slide since December.

A run of five straight wins across February and March made it look as though Spurs had turned a corner, only for them to lose to Arsenal in a terrible derby performance and crash out of the Europa League in humiliating fashion, losing 3-0 to Dinamo Zagreb in Croatia after amassing a 2-0 first-leg lead.

And now the Newcastle debacle. The Premier League is the only way for Spurs to qualify for next season’s Champions League and they still have to face Manchester United, Everton, Manchester City and Leicester in the last eight games. It’s an almighty task for them to do so, especially when they’re this defensively vulnerable.

Mourinho looks as though he might be heading for the same fate Frank Lampard suffered at Chelsea back in January, even though he can win the Carabao Cup against City at Wembley on April 25, which would be the club’s first trophy since 2008.

Yet a League Cup triumph may not be enough to save him from Daniel Levy’s axe if Spurs finish outside of the top four given the manner of their decline.

One of the major contributing factors to Lampard’s sack by Chelsea was the change in atmosphere at Stamford Bridge, the dressing room environment having begun to turn toxic – albeit not for the first time in recent years. It’s no new trend for the Blues.
The manager’s criticism did not go down well with some members of the Chelsea squad and Lampard was even likened to Mourinho, who does not shy away in publicly condemning players when he feels it necessary to do so.

Clearly, the 14-match unbeaten run embarked on by Thomas Tuchel before the 5-2 loss to West Brom on Saturday, shows there was more Lampard could be getting out of the squad.

The same is very much true with Mourinho. Spurs are significantly better than their recent performances suggest, and in Kane have a man who has scored 29 goals and produced 16 assists in 41 games this season.

His brace at Newcastle – to take him to 45 direct goal contributions this term – still wasn’t enough to get Spurs over the line and it’s no wonder there’s speculation about his future with links to Manchester City and United. How much longer will he put up with such mediocrity?

And what must he think when Mourinho is turning the barrel of the gun on his own players? Kane may well even agree in some respects and there is truth to the fact that to an extent, the Portuguese can’t legislate for the individual errors that have hurt his side. Davinson Sanchez had a howler at Newcastle.

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But Kane, Son and Gareth Bale – for a few weeks, at least – aside, Spurs have had too many underperforming players of late and that is on Mourinho’s head. He has a squad good enough for the top four, even if he’d no doubt like to make more tweaks.

He said it himself in the Amazon All or Nothing documentary in conversation with Kane. “You have better players than I had at Manchester United. The club has a lot [of potential] to explode.”

How Mourinho has changed his tune. The public pointing of the finger at his own players isn’t going to help matters whatsoever and is likely only to alienate players at a time when harmony is desperately needed.

Especially ahead of a League Cup final in which Spurs are going to need a totally united effort to get the better of the best team in Europe. It seems pretty far-fetched right now to suggest Spurs can beat City, even if it is only one 90-minute game.

It’s maybe just as fanciful to talk right now about top-four prospects. Chelsea may only be two points ahead but the fixture schedule awaiting Mourinho and co. doesn’t bode well – neither do some of their recent performances.

And if Mourinho ends up out of a job by the start of next season, the bulk of the blame lies at his own feet – not just the players he is questioning. Lampard can relate.