‘Big Ron’ races into Hucknall

THE rows over alleged racist remarks made by high-profile footballers John Terry and Luis Suarez might well be on the agenda when former manager Ron Atkinson hits Hucknall for a sportsman’s evening.

For ‘Big Ron’ saw his career as a TV pundit abruptly halted in 2004 for a comment he made live on air about Chelsea defender Marcel Desailly, believing his microphone had been switched off.

Atkinson (now 72) went into TV after an 18-year period as one of the most charismatic managers in the game. He is sure to have a wealth of stories to relate when he is the star guest at The Empire venue, off Beardall Street, on Thursday January 26.

After a long playing career with Oxford United, Atkinson cut his management teeth at Kettering Town and Cambridge United before making a big impact at West Bromwich Albion. He bossed Manchester United between 1981 and 1986, leading them to two FA Cup triumphs, and later won the League Cup with both Sheffield Wednesday and Aston Villa.

His last job was at Nottingham Forest for four months in 1999 and he was in charge when The Reds sank to their infamous 8-1 defeat at home to Manchester United.