“I’m a Sky Sports pundit but I don’t get my subscription for free – unlike Jamie Carragher”

Former Liverpool defender Stephen Warnock has explained why he doesn’t get a free Sky Sports subscription despite working for them.

The sports broadcasting giant is employing a number of well-known personalities to enhance its coverage of both the Premier League and the Football League, featuring them on match days and on its round-the-clock news channel.

Viewers are used to seeing familiar faces such as Jamie Carragher and Monday Night Football colleague Gary Neville regularly gracing the screens, both of whom have signed deals with the broadcaster. However, not all pundits who appear on Sky Sports enjoy the same contractual benefits, including Warnock.

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The 42-year-old, who started his career with the Reds, moved into media following his retirement from professional football in 2018. Since then, he has contributed to various networks including the BBC, TNT Sports, DAZN and NBC.

Due to his non-contract status with Sky, Warnock does not receive the perks, such as a pay TV and broadband package, that some of his colleagues do. He clarified this point during an appearance on Undr The Cosh podcast, where co-host Jon Parkin asked about his subscription status, the Mirror reports.

Warnock’s response was clear: “No! Because I work for them, I am without a contract. But if you have a contract, which is like a Carragher or a Neville, you get all the perks and stuff. So no, I have to pay everything.”

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