Leishman joins the Krankies

Last updated : 02 December 2004 By Jemima Merkin-Barber IV

Following last night’s shock news that Ian Krankie was splitting from long-term wife and sidekick Janette, former Lions boss Jim Leishman looks certain to have secured his place at the mock schoolboy’s side.

Since leaving Almondvale in a huff last year, Leishman has effectively been idle, despite his role “upstairs” at Dunfermline Athletic FC. Leishman was famous for his touchline rants and dressing room poetry, so it’s of little surprise to observers that he has jumped at the chance to get back in the spotlight.

Fans of the comedy duo will doubtless be taken aback by Krankie’s shock replacement, however an insider revealed there was a good reason for hiring Leishman in the first place. “Ian used to just stand there looking stupid whilst Janette cracked all the gags and got all the laughs. With Jim’s comedy moustache and Einstein hair, he’ll take the image of the daft sidekick to new levels” he revealed.

“We may even give Jim a new catchphrase, something like ‘E=MC²’ which the kids can shout whenever he gets on stage” the insider continued. “They’ll love him!”

And last night pint-size drag king Janette broke her silence by the pool at her 7 room mansion in Barbados. “Fandabitripledozi” she yelled with two thumbs raised.