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Michael Owen wanted by Strictly Come Dancing and I"m a Celebrity

Race to sign Owen hots up – but it's Strictly and I'm a Celebrity doing battle!

By
Paul Collins

PUBLISHED:

12:27 GMT, 3 April 2013

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UPDATED:

17:12 GMT, 3 April 2013

Michael Owen may have failed his screen test to head BT Sport’s new analysis team — but the BBC and ITV are still in a fight to sign him up.

It has been reported that the Stoke striker, who has recently announced he will retire at the end of the season, is at the centre of TV battle between the makers of Strictly Come Dancing and I’m a Celebrity.

Both networks are apparently trying to sign for the autumn series of both shows.

Dancefloor or jungle How Owen might look on Strictly (left) and I'm a Celebrity

Dancefloor or jungle How Owen might look on Strictly (left) and I'm a Celebrity

In demand: The clamour to sign up Owen is in full swing

In demand: The clamour to sign up Owen is in full swing

Retiring: The former England striker, now at Stoke, will call it a day next month

Retiring: The former England striker, now at Stoke, will call it a day next month

Owen is to become a BBC television and radio pundit in his retirement, having made occasional appearances on Match of the Day already this season.

BT Sport, who need a marquee signing from the dressing room to head the analysts team for their Premier League coverage next season, could have been expected to jump at the chance to sign such an illustrious footballer as Owen, whose services have been strongly touted to them.

But the word inside BT headquarters in the Olympic Park is that Owen’s ‘monotone’ displays on the BBC have been considered ‘poor’, although it will help Owen’s Beeb future that their lead presenter Gary Lineker has been supportive.

The first confirmed pundit appointment
for Owen is at Royal Ascot. Racehorse owner and breeder Owen is on a
panel of experts who will be giving tips to the 570-a-head patrons of
the prime Bessborough Restaurant on the Thursday of the Royal meeting in
June.

Owen is also planning to launch a player agency business when he retires from professional football at the end of this season.

Frozen out: Owen has had limited first-team opportunities at Stoke

Frozen out: Owen has had limited first-team opportunities at Stoke

Stoke City centre forward Owen, who has previously starred for Liverpool, Real Madrid and Manchester United, will hang up his boots at the end of his season, bringing the curtain down on a difficult few years in which he has sustained several serious injuries that have chronically limited his game-time.

In a blog on his website former England man Owen explained: ‘On July 1, I propose to set up Michael Owen Management Ltd. focusing on guiding young players through their careers and offering them advice at every juncture of what can be a career full of pitfalls.’

Alan Pardew loves Newcastle since partying on Tuxedo Princess

Pardew: I fell in love with Newcastle… after a night out at Tuxedo Princess (the floating nightclub with a revolving dancefloor)

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UPDATED:

11:09 GMT, 19 October 2012

Alan Pardew has revealed the moment he fell in love with Newcastle came while partying at the city's famous Tuxedo Princess nightclub.

The Magpies manager is busy preparing his side for the fierce Tyne-wear derby against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light on Sunday, having signed an eight-year contract to stay at the club in September.

Pardew is a big hit at St James' Park after guiding his men to fourth in the Premier League last season. But the former Reading and West Ham boss knew Newcastle was the city for him long ago.

I love this city: Alan Pardew (centre) takes Newcastle training at Little Benton this week

I love this city: Alan Pardew (centre) takes Newcastle training at Little Benton this week

Party boat: The now-closed Tuxedo Princess

Party boat: The now-closed Tuxedo Princess

His first taste of the Toon came during his playing days, and after his match he went for a night out, ending up in the Tuxedo Princess – a floating nightclub beneath the Tyne Bridge boasting a legendary revolving dancefloor.

And Pardew revealed his visit immediately told him about both the city's passion for football and its famously friendly welcome.

'I knew straight away it was a football mad area,' Pardew told the Chronicle.

'I had played here a couple of times and visited here socially once. I remember coming to play here once and we stayed up and went on the Tuxedo Princess one night. It gave me a little flavour of what the city was all about.

'It makes me smile every time I think of that night. It was a funny night. But to come up here and be manager is very surreal in a way.'

Pardew admitted he has no time for the prawn sandwich brigade that he has seen out in force at certain London clubs, and credits football's working class roots in Newcastle and Sunderland for both citys' love of the game.

He said: 'The passion is the same because it is working class passion. Even the corporate fans at Newcastle are from working-class backgrounds. And I get that. I like it because it is a working-class game anyway.

Eyes on the ball: Hatem Ben Arfa (left) is challenged by Jonas Gutierrez ahead of the Tyne-Wear derby

Eyes on the ball: Hatem Ben Arfa (left) is challenged by Jonas Gutierrez ahead of the Tyne-Wear derby

'Some clubs aren’t like that. You can’t compare Arsenal fans to ours for example, it is very different. Chelsea and Spurs are the same – they aren’t like Newcastle. I know that because I’ve been to those grounds.'

'That’s why this game coming up is so different. This is two working-class cities coming together, and coming into battle. They are locking horns. It is brilliant and that’s why it creates such a brilliant atmosphere.'

The only sad note for Pardew The Tuxedo Princess finally set sail in 2008 after closing its doors to the public a year earlier.

Dereck Chisora in Warsaw with two blondes

This should help you forget about THAT brawl, Dereck… Chisora parties in Warsaw

As David Haye parties in Las Vegas, Munich brawl rival Dereck Chisora headed for the bright lights of Warsaw to wind down – in the company of two blondes.

Chisora and Haye shamed themselves and British boxing last Saturday after they erupted into a violent punch-up during the post-fight press conference following Chisora's defeat to Vitali Klitschko.

Haye – who escaped to America earlier this week – is wanted by German police for questioning and could face up to five years in prison for his part in the clash.

Man in the middle: Dereck Chisora poses with two girls at a club in Lomianki near Warsaw

Man in the middle: Dereck Chisora poses with two girls at a club in Lomianki near Warsaw

Chisora, who was pictured on night out in a club in Poland on Thursday, was freed to return to England after being detained at Munich's police headquarters to answer questions about the altercation on Sunday.

He faces a fine and long-term ban from the ring following his disgraceful antics – which saw him slap Vitali at the weigh-in and spit in the face of his brother Wladimir moments before the bell sounded – but he has already been sounded out by a future opponent.

thumbs up: Chisora faces a lengthy ban from the ring after his brawl with David Haye

thumbs up: Chisora faces a lengthy ban from the ring after his brawl with David Haye

Polish bad boy Artur 'The Pin' Szpilka incredibly applauded Chisora's behaviour and now wants to fight him – if he is cleared by the British Board of Control to step inside the ropes ever again.

'It was ugly and unsportsmanlike, but very effective,' told Polish paper Super Express and reported in Boxing Insider.

Dance central: Chisora hits the dancefloor in Poland

Dance central: Chisora hits the dancefloor in Poland

'Blame Haye, who came there just to provoke Chisora. Had at the press conference after my fight [Tomasz] Adamek came and taunted me, I would punch him.

'I called around to my promoter Andrew Wasilewski, asking if I could arrange a duel [with Chisora]. That would be a great fight of two bullies, and the action would be not only in the ring, but also at the weigh-in and press conferences.

Farewell: After an evening of partying, Chisora leaves the Warsaw night spot

Farewell: After an evening of partying, Chisora leaves the Warsaw night spot

'It is possible that this would be two or three fights.'

Chisora appeared to be enjoying himself in the Polish capital but is unlikely to be smiling when he is summoned by British boxing chiefs on March 14.