Sports World Have Your Say

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In these current difficult times it’s always wise to be on the look out for a merger. For a long time people have been telling us you want a place where you can discuss the sporting issues of the day.

You’ll be pleased to know there’s a new programme where you can do just that. 

Our colleagues at Sportsworld  will be linking up with us at WHYS to launch the cunningly named “Sports World Have Your Say” this Saturday.

Presenter Russell Fuller will take your calls, and read your e-mails and texts this Saturday at 17.30 GMT on the day Liverpool could go top of the Premiership, Alan Shearer could bring good times back to Newcastle and West Ham could….er, beat Sunderland.

Russell will blog here before then to tell you how he sees the programme…you can contact him through all our addresses here and at the usual Sportsworld addresses on their site.

As the managers always say at the end of their programme notes…..enjoy the game.

Here’s Russell’s comments :

And this is Alan Shearer, not Russell, though they are both legends :


Although most of you seem to support the Premier League’s Big Four, we’ve had texts and emails in the past about Crewe Alexandra, Northwich Victoria, and even Newcastle United. If you’re a signed up member of the Geordie Nation, then stand by your phones this Saturday, as I’m looking forward to chatting to you about Mike Ashley’s final throw of the dice.
Alan Shearer insists he has only agreed to take charge of Newcastle for the final eight games of the season, but he has a big enough challenge in that time, with Newcastle two points from safety, and Chelsea the visitors to St James’ Park on Saturday. Trips to Liverpool and Aston Villa await, along with games against relegation rivals like Stoke, Portsmouth and Middlesbrough
My own feeling is that Ashley has rolled a six. He kept negotiations with the club’s leading goal scorer away from the media, and then persuaded this open critic of his regime to sign up for the rest of the season. Alan Shearer is a very single-minded individual, and even though the squad he inherits is a very cosmopolitan one, who can fail to be impressed by a man who scored 206 goals in 404 appearances for the club, and also found the net 30 times for his country

My fear for Newcastle, though, is that a six may not be enough. Even if Shearer proves an instant hit – and shrugs off his complete lack of coaching experience – Newcastle are in a hole of their own construction. Shearer is the fourth man they have asked to manage the club this season. His predecessor, Chris Hughton, won just two points out of a possible fifteen having been asked to keep Joe Kinnear’s seat warm for a few weeks while he recovered from a triple heart bypass. A few weeks?? I have little knowledge of what a triple heart bypass involves, but surely it was supremely optimistic to expect a 62 year old with a history of heart trouble to be fit to tackle the immensely stressful closing weeks of a Premier League relegation battle.

Whatever happens, it should be a thrilling ride. Newcastle clearly need goals to stay up, and they have proven pedigree in Michael Owen and Obafemi Martins. If both can stay fit – and that’s a very big IF in Owen’s case – then Shearer should be the perfect man to inspire them.

20 Responses to “Sports World Have Your Say”

  1. April 2, 2009 at 14:25

    sports has changed from its amateur level now its pure marketing stuff the latest example being indian cricket league being held in south africa?thats tell how sports has reduced itself being a conduit for selling consumer products?what a fall from its glorious past of competetion and satisfaction of playing a game in any sports?now its money,money,money .to make more and more sportsman and authorities are even following dubious paths never heard of in the past..

  2. April 2, 2009 at 14:58

    Hello fellow sports lovers,
    It is an immense satisfaction and great joy to commend the new program “Sports World Have Your Say” team for the introduction of this program at the BBC . This will enable many other sports lover around the world including myself to have our say on developments of sports around world.
    By the way am a soccer fan and support Chelsea.

  3. 3 Jim Newman
    April 2, 2009 at 20:19

    Hello again
    Great! I have done boxing, football and cricket and I really look forward to commenting on a sports forum. Of course in sport there are lots of nasty things that go on but it also gives full rein to all that is noble and magnificant in the human spirit. Just an aside: if Mr T. Kootee K supports Chelsea he is a football fan not a soccer fan. Any way I share his enthusiasm.

  4. 4 kpelly hezekiah
    April 2, 2009 at 20:44

    I hope we’ll talk about sports here not in the context of the particular sporting activity such as soccer or lawn tennis but how it affects and is affected by other human activities such as politics, education, health, environment, economics etc. I believe that the present notion that sports should be seperated from other forms of human activities especially politics and business is just not possible. It should be related to them otherwise we shall be behaving like the proverbial ostrich.

  5. 5 Dennis Junior
    April 2, 2009 at 20:59

    Congrats and I would like to the Debut of Sports World Have Your Say (show) a best show….

    ~Dennis Junior~

  6. April 3, 2009 at 00:28

    Damn fine IDEA!!!!!!!

  7. April 3, 2009 at 08:44

    if this thing were there two months ago.i think honda team wouldnt have been sold to an unsuspecting buyer because there would have been a debate that would have opened doors to an understanding.
    now that there is this new honda team of two drivers,are the serial numbers of their cars 1 and 2?or its just a continuation number of all the honda cars have been being built since?
    is the chassis whatever brwn or whoever?


  8. April 3, 2009 at 08:47

    i enjoy your oldest sports presenter on bbc.he makes me lough…when BOLTon are being defeated,he says they were running at 1 mile per hour.


  9. April 3, 2009 at 09:44

    An interesting combination of WHYS and Sportsworld – I would like to hear from contributors how BBC radio reports on sports events (commentary and results) fills in the gaps in their other media. In Uganda and much of East Africa, every bar has the Premier League on either South African DSTV (and the now collapsed GTV) as well as sometimes on local UTV. Do people actually listen to the BBC commentary whilst watching the TV pictures?

  10. 10 ZK
    April 3, 2009 at 14:07

    So, basically a World Service version of 606?

  11. 11 Roberto
    April 3, 2009 at 15:39

    RE “” Our colleagues at Sportsworld will be linking up with us at WHYS to launch the cunningly named “Sports World Have Your Say” this Saturday. “”

    ——– Better hope it’s run better than the beeb boxing 606 message board.

    Otherwise it’s going to be mostly dominated by a single schizophrenic multiple personality posting nonsense back and forth between his dozen plus aliases.

  12. 12 Nelson Isibor
    April 3, 2009 at 16:48

    Interesting. I have being listening to sports world (saturday and sunday editions) for several years now. The program was already interactive as listeners sent in text messages. Itwill br interesting to see what it looks like with w whys format and judging from participation, most of the respondents will be from Africa. Anyway, i will be tuned in when the show kicks off.

  13. 13 Vijay
    April 4, 2009 at 15:12

    Sports World Have Your Say

    My main concern right now is about Wycombe Wanderers promotion chances,they have managed late season collapses before,despite leading the division.(they are choking)

    English Cricket is becoming a circus ,captain Vs Coach,the Stanford affair ,the teams “best players “poor attitude Flintoff peterson and harmison before an Ashes Home series,mind you that is the only series some of them will be “up for”, since 2005 a lot of them have been resting on their laurels and seemed disinterested in playing all out against lesser opposition.

    The ECB have been slow to include international players in domestic cricket ,especially 20/20(the new engine of growth in the game) and that lead to the formation of the ICL and IPL,now they wont release the best english players for the whole IPL season.

    In the lead up to the games in 2012,I think the British Parliament should enact legislation that ensures equal spending on male and female athletes (ie. 50% for men ,50%for women),like Title IX in the USA.

  14. 14 Nelson Isibor
    April 4, 2009 at 16:48

    Russell was supposed to blog here today, I have not seen any entries from him. Yet.

  15. 15 Denroy Moore
    April 4, 2009 at 17:33

    This is a great idea what took you guys so long to think of it. briliant

  16. 16 S Birch
    April 5, 2009 at 17:59

    Hasn’t anyone else complained about Clare Balding?

    How rude and unprofessional she was, and how very hurtful, when interviewing Liam the winner of the Grand National;

    she asked him to ‘give us a smile, and to show his teeth’! remarking that they were’nt the best teeth in the world or words to that effect.

    But that now he could afford to have them ‘done’

    We were all stunned, how dare she, it wasn’t funny or clever, just downright rude.

    What a cheek, to humiliate him like that on National Television. She should be made to apologise.

    She spoilt the moment for us, and I bet for him too.

  17. 17 thomas
    April 5, 2009 at 18:04

    thank be to god that man u is back on top of the premiership man u are forever no turning back god bless sir Alex furgeson and his team for regain the top spot for us from Akwei-nortey in guinea equitoria

  18. 18 david
    April 6, 2009 at 05:16

    I was disappointed in the new show. The line/sound quality was really poor and as hard as Russel F tried to engage people phoning in I thought the subjects chosen were not that stimulating. How can anyone have any real idea if Alan Shearer will succeed, he had barely been in the job a day!! Yes it was listeners thoughts but just to phone to say you are a Liverpool fan from Nigeria or Australia does not make for good radio.

    I know it is hard to strike the right balance but how about some topics where there might be a chance of real thoughtful discussion, doping in sports like cycling and measures used to combat this, Formula one new rules and why they have switched from real racing tracks where passing was possible to street circuits like Singapore.

    I realise it is early days but the sports version has much to learn from the non sports version of world have your say. Could Ross Atkins not lend a hand behind the scenes

    best regards

  19. 19 ZK
    April 7, 2009 at 10:53

    I doubt SWHYS is meant in the WHYS format. I suspect it’s meant more as a phone-in, like BBC Radio 5 live’s 606 football phone-in. If the show were to be all discussion about politics in sports, I’d not tune in.

  20. 20 Amit C Javgal
    April 7, 2009 at 14:57

    Hi Russel. I am from INDIA. I want to know why you guys don’t broadcast a premierlague match from start to finish but instead only the last ten minutes of first half andforty minutes of the second half?

    One more thing Russel, Keep up the good work. I saw you on the BBC World News TV also. Do you work for them also?

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