Recently relieved of their duties at Sky Sports for serial episodes of grunting & leering at persons with lady parts, soccer analysts Richard Keys and Andy Gray (above) have been thrown a lifeline by London sports-yack radio outlet TalkSPORT, a station whose crypto-fascist content ranks as one of my few unhappy memories of having spent much of the prior decade in England. Due to debut their new chat show on the afternoon of Monday the 14th, the hiring of these insufferable romantics was greeted with scorn by the Guardian’s Barney Ronay and Paul Doyle :

Tucking in mics is not Gray’s bag any more: now he’s all about turfing out Mikes. For Keys and Gray are to become the new hosts of Talksport mid-morning rantathon, which has hitherto involved Mike Parry and Mike Graham fulminating against everything from political correctness gone mad to political correctness gone mad.

“I can’t tell you how excited I am about joining the tAlkSpOrT team,” blathered Gray. “This is the start of something new and exciting for Andy and myself,” covered Keys two weeks after apologising to Sian Massey on behalf of his mucky mucker,