Hall and Clarkson in Salford row

Renowned football commentator Stuart Hall has branded Jeremy Clarkson "deluded" after the Top Gear presenter said he would prefer to quit the show than move north with the BBC.

Clarkson, 51, courted controversy earlier in the month after he called Salford a "small suburb with little to offer beyond a Starbucks and a canal with ducks".

The BBC is set to move several departments, which are currently based in London, up north as part of the broadcaster's move to Salford's Media City over the next few years.

There are no plans to move the Top Gear studio, but Clarkson made perfectly clear in his Sunday Times column that he would not hesitate to hand in his resignation if the corporation decided to relocate to the northern city.

However, 81-year-old former It's A Knockout presenter Hall wrote in the Radio Times: "Does he imagine that at the advance of effete southerners, we retreat to our outside lavatories with ripped-up copies of the News of the Screws?

"That in our back-to-back terraces we ply uncle Fred with chitterlings, chunks, bangers and chips, sit him in a commode, chamberpot handy, an ashtray full of dog ends, a basketful of empty tinnies and pretend he's dying through lack of care?"

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