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No case for defence as Hansen gets snout in Auntie’s trough for ‘£50,000 a show’

Never when he was uttering the famous words "You can't win anything with kids" on Match of the Day about Manchester United's class of 1996 could the former Liverpool and Scotland defender Alan Hansen have predicted how long he would have been on the BBC gravy train. Not that he will be complaining.

He got it so wrong about United, who would win the Premier League and FA Cup double back when men like David Beckham, Paul Scholes and Gary Neville were just kids.

But Hansen got it so right by sticking with the BBC, who seem to be willing to hand over large sums of cash. Money for old rope seems to be about right regarding Auntie Beeb's willingness to unearth money for former football players.

For Hansen, the BBC seems to be the gift that keeps on giving, a bottomless pit of cash where pundits can get their snouts well and truly in the trough courtesy of the taxpayer.

According to a report in today's Daily Mail, Hansen is picking and choosing which shows he wants to appear on in the final year of his £1 million-a-year contract.

Like an injury-hit defender, Hansen has managed to hobble out for a whopping 10 shows this season. That equates to around £50,000 a show if he continues to work whenever he sees fit in 2014. In times of supposed austerity is this value for money?

As Hansen would say when describing a team's creaking defence: "Shocking".

He is due to depart the BBC after the World Cup finals in Brazil after over two decades as a pundit.

A BBC spokeswoman told the Daily Mail: "Alan has appeared on the majority of weekends this season and will continue to do so in the New Year. It has worked well.

"We have actively tried to increase the range of our studio analysts as we look at building for the 2014-15 season and Alan will continue to play a major role."

All we can say is well done Alan. Nice work if you can get it.

At least you can leave knowing you were better than Mark 'Lawro' Lawrenson, whose lack of basic knowledge is as legendary as one of his slide tackles.