Pastures new for Hannan

ONE of Scotland’s best-known sports writers is to scale down his involvement with his newspaper, in pursuit of freelance work, including writing books.

Martin Hannan has been at Scotland on Sunday for the last eight years and is to switch from working full-time for the paper to two days per week. He’ll continue to produce match reports on a Saturday and his horseracing column, Turf Talk.

Before SoS, he was ten years in PR with Edinburgh City Council, including as press officer for the Lord Provost. And PR opportunities beckon, though he was tight-lipped on exactly what they will be.

Equally, he declined to comment on rumours that he will be ghost-writing tennis star, Andy Murray’s autobiography. These last 12 months has seen him co-author autobiographies of Celtic player, Neil Lennon, and Hibernian FC legend, Eddie Turnbull.

But he told Spike: “It’s a fantastic opportunity and I’m grateful for the support of [editor] Les Snowdon, [sports editor] Richard Bath, and everyone at the paper.”