Hendry ‘off air over text row’

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FORMER Blackpool FC boss Colin Hendry has allegedly been axed from his TV spot.

US Soccer network ESPN has confirmed it is not currently working with Hendry – despite him covering 32 of their Scottish Premier League games last season.

It comes amid claims in one national newspaper the Scotland international was dropped after allegedly sending abusive text messages to a former friend.

Hendry, 45, was declared bankrupt last year after admitting debts of £2.1m.

A row which has broken out over one of his unpaid debts – £85,000 to Lytham couple Hector and Williamina McFarlane – has been reported as one of the reasons ESPN are no longer working with him.

The police were called in after claims from the McFarlanes that Hendry sent them vile and abusive texts mocking them over the debt – and counter accusations from the star that Mrs McFarlane assaulted him in the street.

ESPN today denied the ex-Scotland captain was a full-time employee.

An ESPN spokesman said: “Colin has been a periodic contributor to our football coverage but not a part of our full-time on-air team.

“At the moment we do not have any specific assignments for him.”

Mr McFarlane said: “I think using me is a good way for ESPN to get rid of him.”

Neither of the police reports were taken any further and Hendry was unavailable for comment yesterday.