'Theo Should Sign Or Face A Bloody Good Thrashing'
Every now and again Peter Hill-Wood likes to get on his soap-box for a good old Prince Phillip style rant in his quirky, old Etonian, demented, drunken grandpa type way.
This week`s subject is Theo Walcott and wage demands.
Speaking to, what I can only now assume is the newspaper he owns, The Daily Star, PHW says in no uncertain terms that Theo Walcott has been offered a good contract and he can either sign it or bugger off.
'We have got our general overall wage structure and we are not prepared to break it for anybody, we have made an offer which he didn't think was acceptable and that is the end of it. We think it is a very reasonable offer."
'For the moment his people are still talking to us and we hope it will be resolved. But don't ask me when, because I haven't a clue".
'I hope that he will eventually come round and sign. It will be a pity if he does not, but the whole issue of pay for footballers has got totally out of hand and they don't get terribly well advised a lot of the time.'
Even though he may come across as a snooty, pompous old so and so most of the time, he does have a point, and whilst Walcott is a player I dearly hope we retain, a line must be drawn somewhere or we`ll get to the point where these players are earning more in a week than most of us could hope to earn in a lifetime.