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Andy Gray in line for job with Irish radio station

Beat 102-103 in talks with sacked Sky Sports football pundit about a new weekly show.

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SACKED SKY SPORTS football pundit Andy Gray is in talks with an Irish radio station about a return to the studio.

Beat 102-103 are in discussions with the TV personality’s representatives, the station confirmed to The Score this afternoon.

Gray was sacked in the wake of a sexism row at Sky Sports which also eventually saw his co-presenter Richard Keys resign.

The Waterford-based radio station now hope to offer Gray a route back to the airwaves with a weekly programme.

“We’re currently talking to Andy’s management and we’re pretty hopeful that we can work something out,” said Martin Clancy, the station’s sport editor.

Clancy said that he doesn’t envisage any controversy if the appointment is ultimately made.

“He’d be in London so there wouldn’t be any problems if our female members of staff had any issue with it,” he said.

Clancy added that he wouldn’t expect a backlash from listeners despite the charges of sexism at Sky.

Most of our listeners would be men for a show like that. So I can’t see any problems.

Beat have plans for a weekly show that would reflect on the weekend’s Premier League action, similar to the job he carried out for Sky Sports.

“It would be along the lines of the Last Word programme that he used to do on a Sunday evening on Sky. It would be from London though – that’s the way we’re pitching it,” said Clancy.

“He’d come down the line on an ISDN and we’d have someone in the studio patching through calls.”

Gray was shown the door at the station in the wake of damaging behind-the-scenes footage which emerged last month.

He and presenter Richard Keys were first heard discussing the merits or otherwise of female match official Sian Massey before the Liverpool and Wolves.

They also spoke about a newspaper column on sexism in football written by West Ham chief executive Karren Brady.

Later another damaging pitch-side conversation about the ref, between reporter Andy Burton and Gray, appeared online.

Gray was ultimately sacked when a clip showing him asking Charlotte Jackson to tuck something into his trousers was leaked.

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