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Clarkson 50-1 to be next Liverpool Echo editor

A bookmaker has offered odds of 50-1 on Jeremy Clarkson becoming the next editor of a regional daily whose staff he accused of “shocking journalism” in a foul-mouthed tirade last month.

Betfair has offered the odds on Clarkson taking up the reins at the Liverpool Echo after his suspension by the BBC, following an alleged fracas involving a producer of his hit show Top Gear.

Last month an Echo article accused the TV star of “insulting” Liverpool in his Sunday Times column, in which he recalled “extremely memorable” past visits to the city.

Clarkson later vented his anger on Twitter about the article.


In response to the odds being offered, incumbent Echo editor Alastair Machray joked: “It’s a noble ambition but I’m not sure Mr Clarkson would bring anything new to our operation.

“I punch my staff regularly as it is.”

Clarkson began his career in the regional press working as a journalist on the Rotherham Advertiser, before moving on to the Rochdale Observer and Wolverhampton’s Express and Star.

Odds are also being offered by Betfair on him taking up a variety of new jobs, suggestions pictured above, should he cease to be employed by the BBC – including driving instructor, X Factor judge and UN peace envoy.

Discussing his suspension, a BBC spokeswoman said: “Following a fracas with a BBC producer, Jeremy Clarkson has been suspended pending an investigation.

“No-one else has been suspended. Top Gear will not be broadcast this Sunday. The BBC will be making no further comment at this time.”


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  • March 13, 2015 at 12:53 pm

    I bet any bookmaker would also offer ‘attractive’ odds for Elvis Presley being a guest judge on The Voice.

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