“He is paid 27 times more than I am. Something like that. It would be great if he was paid what I was paid. That would be fine. Which is perfectly all right," he said in an interview with The Times.
He praised Lineker, who he called “very good” at his job, and insisted that he was not trying to “get at him”.
Instead, he said: “I just think this is an example of the way the BBC is in a fix.
“Because that is, in my view, going to be one of the next points of attack. Look, you’re paying all this money to these people, and not very many people are watching, really. And is that what you stand for? And I think it’s an attack waiting to happen."
Data measuring audience figures from Barb shows that Match of the Day gets around 3 million viewers on a Saturday.