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Clarkson’s Farm’s Kaleb Cooper admits snubbing David Cameron as former PM left starstruck

Kaleb Cooper has amassed his own dedicated army of followers since Jeremy Clarkson’s latest Amazon Prime series was released. Clarkson’s Farm follows the former Top Gear presenter as he embarks on a new career venture, farming.

The show debuted just three weeks ago, following the Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? host as he struggles to cope with farming, harvesting and other activities.

Doncaster-born Jeremy must contend with “disobedient animals”, “unresponsive crops”, and terrible farming weather conditions, as well as the COVID-19 pandemic.

However, throughout the series, 23-year-old Kaleb Cooper, who used to run Clarkson’s farm for its previous owner, has become a star in his own right.

Since the series first hit the streaming service, Kaleb has gained many fans, including an extremely famous follower.

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In a chance encounter, Kaleb bumped into former Prime Minister, David Cameron, who served in office between May 2010 and July 2016.

The Conservative MP has been praised for modernising the Tories as well as decreasing the UK’s national deficit.

However, while Mr Cameron, 54, may be an instantly recognisable character, he was shunned by Kaleb.

In a new interview, he has revealed that during an outing in Chipping Norton, the former Prime Minister was the one to approach him.

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Speaking to The Sun, Kaleb said: “The other day when I was in Chippy, I got out the truck and David Cameron, I didn’t realise at the time, was next to me.

“He was like, ‘Oh another local celebrity’ and I’m like, ‘Yeah, yeah, I’ve got to go’.”

Kaleb went on to tell the publication: “I walked straight past, I went, ‘Hang on a minute, that was David Cameron’.

“I said to Jeremy, ‘I think I met David Cameron. Does he drive a pick-up?’ ‘Yeah’, ‘Oh I met David Cameron and didn’t realise it’.”

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He added: “So they all laughed at that, I don’t follow the news and I don’t watch TV, so I wouldn’t really know.”

During Clarkson’s Farm, Kaleb is often seen offering his words of advice to Jeremy, 61, who named his farm “Diddly Squat” after admitting he had no knowledge of the agricultural industry.

“The way I think about it, I know about farming and he’s learning, therefore I’m the boss, when he says, ‘We’re gonna do this’, I’m like, ‘No, we’re not going to do that because that won’t work’,” he told the publication.

He added: “He doesn’t listen, I don’t get intimidated by him.”

Last month, Jeremy admitted that despite viewers often seeing him shouting at people on screen, once cameras stop rolling, he is often the one being shouted at.

Speaking on Sky News’ Backstage podcast, he said: “I get shouted at all the time, I’m constantly being shouted at by newspapers and bosses, I’m always being shouted at.”

He went on to acknowledge that it’s “the usual” to see him on screens shouting at other people.

“But in real life, you get shouted out by people who know what they’re doing – I didn’t know what I was doing.”

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Lampard hails ‘incredible time’ despite being axed by Roman Abramovich at Chelsea and admits snubbing ‘not quite right’ job offers

Former Chelsea manager Frank Lampard says there are no hard feeling between him and Roman Abramovich after he was sacked by the London club in January, while admitting he has also been in heavy demand from a string of new clubs.

Chelsea legend and all-time top scorer Lampard was unceremoniously booted out by the Blues in January after a dismal run of form threatened the Londoners Champions League qualification ambitions. 

Thomas Tuchel, who was similarly deemed surplus to requirements by his former employers Paris Saint-Germain on Christmas Eve, filled Lampard’s vacancy in the Stamford Bridge dugout, where he has overseen a dramatic upturn in form, much of which he has publicly attributed to the groundwork and investment in youth undertaken by Lampard in his season-and-a-half in charge.

Lampard could perhaps be forgiven for harboring some ill-intent towards Roman Abramovich and his right-hand woman Marina Granovskaia for shunting him from the club – but the 106-times capped former England international resisted any such statements when prodded in a recent interview.
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I’m absolutely appreciative of the opportunity I had to manage Chelsea,” said Lampard at a question-and-answer session in aid of the Willow Foundation. 

It was an incredible time. Everyone knows how I felt about the club.”

Lampard’s magnanimous words match those of Russian owner Abramovich, who issued a rare statement after sacking Lampard in January to pay tribute to arguably the club’s best ever midfielder.

This was a very difficult decision for the club, not least because I have an excellent personal relationship with Frank and I have the utmost respect for him,” Abramovich said at the time.

He is a man of great integrity and has the highest of work ethics. 

He is an important icon of this great club and his status here remains undiminished. He will always be warmly welcomed back at Stamford Bridge.

With history well and truly covered, Lampard soon turned to the future, with the ex-Derby boss revealing that he has been approached by several clubs since January but that he has spurned each and every advance thus far.

Football has consumed my life, firstly as a player and then as a manager,” he said. “Nobody wants to lose their job. But when you go into this career, it can happen –no matter how good you think you are. 

I’ve had some opportunities that have come up in the last six weeks, two months, that have been flattering, but not the right thing. They were not quite right.

Lampard had been heavily linked with the Celtic job which would have opened a new chapter in his rivalry with Rangers boss and former Liverpool midfielder Steven Gerrard, while he has also been touted for the England under-21 position currently occupied by Aidy Boothroyd. 
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Whichever offer Lampard ends up taking, he says that he is just looking forward to resuming his career on the training ground.

“It would be something I’m very keen to do in the right time and place,” he said of a potential new role. “My eyes are always on it.

I’m always watching football and trying to get better. I’ll try and find the right time and right opportunity. I’m very keen to get working again.

How much it consumes you when you’re in it is a big deal. You cannot take away your love of the game. I like to keep involved.”
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Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta fumes at VAR for snubbing 'obvious' penalty in Burnley draw

Mikel Arteta felt Arsenal were denied a “clear” and “obvious” penalty in the Gunners’ draw with Burnley at Turf Moor on Saturday afternoon – but admitted his charges can ultimately only look at themselves for not winning the game having dominated in the first half.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang opened the scoring inside six minutes with his eighth Premier League goal against Burnley, squeezing a shot past Nick Pope at his near post.

Arsenal were comfortably the superior side after that with Burnley struggling to match them – until the 39th minute.

Just before the break, the Clarets were gifted a way back into the game after Granit Xhaka, played into pressure by Bernd Leno, inadvertently fired the ball off of Chris Wood’s midriff and into the back of the Arsenal net.

Both sides had chances in the second-half, goalscorer Wood and substitute Nicolas Pepe squandering the best of them for either team, but could not take advantage.

Dani Ceballos struck the post in stoppage time as Arsenal threw everything at Burnley, who stood strong with a resilient defensive display to clinch a point that moves them slightly further clear of the relegation zone.

Yet the visitors were also frustrated not to have been given a penalty after Pepe tried to take the ball beyond inside the box Erik Pieters only for it to clearly strike the Dutchman’s outstretched arm.

A penalty was not awarded by on-pitch official Andre Marrinier and that decision was backed up by Kevin Friend in the VAR booth in Stockley Park, with the PGMOL explaining that a spot-kick was not given due to the proximity between Pieters and Pepe ball came into contact with the former’s hand.

But Arteta was baffled by the decision and said to BT Sport: “It’s a really tough place to come on a difficult pitch, but I have to say we should have scored the big chances we had.

“When you miss the chances we had, and you do not get decisions, it is complicated to win football games. If that is not a penalty, then someone needs to explain what one is.

“From what we produced, you have to come here and win. When you do not, you have to look at yourself. We completely dominated the first half but they make it difficult with a lot of long ball.

“We generated chances and we should have won by two or three goals. if you give any hope to any team in the Premier League, they are going to take it.”

On the comical goal that his side conceded, Arteta added: “It’s something that we work on and we’re going to keep doing.

“The first goal we scored is through Bernd, Bernd starts the whole thing then we score a goal with Aubameyang. Then we made a mistake that cost us a goal.

“But the only chance they had, it was a long kick from Bernd. We are in open structure and they had the only chance they had in the game. It can happen when you play short and long, this is football.

“But obviously when you miss the chances that we missed today, in this ground obviously you’re going to have moments where they put you under pressure and it becomes the game they want.

“Then you don’t get the decision when it is an obvious penalty, because somebody has to explain to me what a penalty is.”

Arsenal legend Martin Keown reacted on BT Sport: “It [proximity] doesn’t matter until today does it? I know the rules are going to be changed, but to me that’s definitely a handball.

“Out comes the arm, how have VAR looked at that, somebody in the VAR hub has looked at that and said no, is beyond me.”

Leno also agreed with Arteta and Keown post-match and said to BBC Match of the Day: “We had many big chances. I think we should have got a penalty and at the end it is only one point and I think we deserved more.

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“In the first half we played our game and we dominated. It should have been 2-0 or 3-0 and it was 1-1.

“In the second half we played too much of Burnley’s football and it doesn’t suit us or anybody in the Premier League.”

The Arsenal goalkeeper added on the Burnley goal: “We wanted to build out again because it had been working and it was very unlucky from Granit [Xhaka] but it happens.

“There is always risk to play out from the back but this is our style. I think we have more than enough situations where it works to our advantage.”

Arsenal had to settle for a point which means they will remain 10th and could end up 12 points behind fourth-placed Chelsea by Monday night, which would all but end their slim Champions League hopes once and for all.

The north Londoners’ hopes of even Europa League qualification hang by a thread with almost all of the teams above them having game in hand.

That includes rivals Tottenham, who could move seven clear of Arteta and co ahead of the derby next weekend by beating Crystal Palace on Sunday night.