‘Pie-Gate’ Just Might Have Helped Wayne Shaw Land A Dream Job

The Sutton United goalkeeper was forced to resign but may not be out of work for long.

Wayne Shaw enjoying a pie.
Wayne Shaw enjoying a pie Piegate Image BBC Sport

The Pie-gate betting scandal that saw Sutton United reserve goalkeeper Wayne Shaw forced to resign from his role at the club could yet have a happy ending.

Morrisons has offered the 46-year-old a lifeline in the form of a job working for the supermarket chain as part of their “Pie Tasting” team, according to The Independent.

Under the terms of the offer, Shaw could join Morrisons backroom staff on a one-year contract.

Morrisons’ Chief Pie Buyer Tessa Callaghan said: “We’re always looking for the best talent to taste our pies and make sure they hit the back of the net. 

“Wayne’s performance last night sets him apart as one of the country’s most famous pie connoisseurs.

“We were really impressed by his commitment to pie eating, and we understand that a good pie is the best way to warm up for any occasion, even if it is the biggest night of your football career.” 

No salary or fee has yet been mentioned by the supermarket though they have confirmed that the role would see Shaw gain access to around a year’s worth of pies.

Shaw became something of an online sensation after he was filmed eating a pie in the 83rd minute of Sutton’s 2-0 defeat to Arsenal in the FA Cup.

However, in the wake of the incident it became apparent that Sun Bets, the online betting off-shoot of The Sun sponsoring the game, had been offering odds of 8/1 on Shaw consuming the pastry-based snack.

Shaw then compounded the problem in the immediate aftermath of the game by admitting both he and his teammates had been aware of the offer.

As a result, the 23-stone shot-stopper will now be the subject of two separate investigations from the Football Association and Gambling Commission, something the Sutton board felt left his position at the club untenable.

Despite the controversy and allegations of improper conduction, Shaw has found some support online with The Standard reporting that a petition to have the goalkeeper reinstated at Sutton has secured over 1,500 signatures already.

Gary Lineker came out in support of Shaw on Twitter, criticising the decision given everything the player had done for the club over the years.

Piers Morgan, meanwhile, took advantage the situation to take another shot at Arsenal’s long-suffering manager, Arsene Wenger.

Shaw must now decide whether he wants to take up the role with Morrisons and ensure the legend of the “Roly Poly Goalie” lives on.

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