THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY
A brief guide to football pundits on Britishtv
Capped 85 times for England, Neville’s postplaying punditry career has helped usher in a new era of professionalism with his tactical insight, and ability to come at a topic in a new way. His role on Sky Sport’s Monday Night Football offers deep dives that are the closest thing football has to ESPN.
A world-class midfielder back in the 1970s and ’80s, the fiery Scot is a man who seems constantly annoyed by the state of modern football. He is honest, and due to the length of time since he was last employed as a player or manager, often devastatingly so. Still, when Souness barks, people listen.
His first season on Match of the Day was a bit of a disaster, filled with clichés (“foreigners like to dive”) and stating the obvious (“he hit that brilliant”). It was hard to know why the BBC paid so much for him, or why Shearer thought he didn’t need to do any research. Although he has improved since then.
Another ex-pro who remains fixated on the happenings of his former club, Manchester United. Offers little in the way of substance, aside from rebukes against Manchester United not playing the “Manchester Unitedway.” One of the least insightful pundits around.
Quite possibly the nadir of the superstar pundit era, Henry was paid a barely believable $4million (AED14.7M) a year to utter instantly forgettable banalities. Luckily for football fans, he decided to use that paycheque to take his coaching badges, and is now the head coach of AS Monaco.