The Screamer ... It's the talk of football

Last updated at 23:33 29 February 2008

Wigan are used to

leading the table when

it comes to pies — but

the Lancashire club

have just finished top of

the pay league — ahead

of Liverpool and


John Terry earns

£130,000 a week but a

survey of the average

wages at the UK's

privately-owned companies

puts modest Wigan

in No 1 position with

a figure of £348,500.

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Liverpool are second on

£220,000 and Chelsea

fourth on 'just' £202,500

in the survey by

Jordans, a professional

services provider.

Wigan director Maurice

Lindsay said: 'This

shows we're not as tight

up here as people think

— and there's more to

us than just tasty pies!'

Jordans' Geoff Wilcock

said: 'These are average

figures, so they include

all staff from players

through to stewards

and cleaners.'

Warnock charged

Neil Warnock has

until March 13 to

respond to an improper

conduct charge by the

FA over his comments

after Crystal Palace's

draw at Bristol City.

The Palace boss was

furious with City's last gasp

equaliser, which

came after referee

Richard Beeby had

played almost a minute

over the time indicated

by the fourth official.

Warnock said: 'They

go back to their jobs

and give no thought

about us. Dear me, it's


Bates agreement

Ken Bates has accepted

the Football League's

offer of private

arbitration over the 15

points deduction

imposed on Leeds


Chairman Bates, who

wanted a public

hearing, said: 'We have

agreed under duress to

arbitration in private.'

The panel will consist of

one member

appointed by the

League, one by Leeds

United and a neutral

appeal court judge.

Wednesday deal

Sheffield Wednesday

are on the brink of

completing a takeover

deal after alerting the

Stock Exchange that a

change of ownership

could be imminent.

Russian money is

understood to be

behind a deal brokered

by Lancashire businessman

Geoff Sheard.

Yesterday's statement

was cautiously worded.

It referred to an 'expression

of interest which

may or may not lead to

an offer being made for

some or all of the shares

in the company'.

However, sources say

some £60million is in

place and there are claims

it has been deposited in

the club's bank.

Mourinho talks

Jose Mourinho has

moved a step nearer

to management with

Barcelona after

meeting two

high-ranking Nou Camp

officials in Ghana last


The former Chelsea

boss held talks with

sporting director Tixi

Beguiristain and one of

the club's senior vicepresidents

at the Africa

Cup of Nations Final.

A source close to

Mourinho said: 'Jose

was told to hold fire

until matters became

clearer on the

domestic front and in

the Champions League.'

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