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The Worst Football Pundits

Updated on July 9, 2012
Gary Lineker
Gary Lineker
Alan Hansen
Alan Hansen
Alan Shearer
Alan Shearer
Mark Lawrenson
Mark Lawrenson
Mark Bright
Mark Bright
Patrick Vieira
Patrick Vieira
Craig Burley
Craig Burley
Andy Townsend
Andy Townsend
Guy Mowbray
Guy Mowbray
Jonathan Pearce
Jonathan Pearce
Colin Murray
Colin Murray
Jake Humphrey
Jake Humphrey
Adrian Chiles
Adrian Chiles

This is a look at the worst football pundits from Euro 2012. Those that make you reach for the mute button, turn the channel or, if possible, just leave the room while they are on.

It’s a look at those pundits,commentators and presenters who really make you question everything about football on TV. Why must we have them at every game before, after and at half time explaining the obvious to us.

While the better pundits can explain things to us that might not have seemed too obvious or why a team plays with certain tactics or talk with authority about a game before it has been played the bad ones will talk about it after it’s been played and tell you what has happened, while everybody sits and watches nodding their heads and saying I know I seen it myself.

Gary Lineker Seems that the BBC want him for as many sporting events as they possibly can but I’m unsure why. Tells his quota of bad puns at every game and is handsomely paid for a bland delivery.

Alan Hansen Usually on as top pundit with the BBC. Gives as much insight as most people talking about the games in the pub. He uses the same phrases week after week. Do we need him to tell us that something was “terrible defending”, or that a certain player was good because of his “touch and technique”.

Alan Shearer Another who has survived for years as a BBC panellist despite giving very little insight or real analysis. Master of the football cliché such as “I’ve seen them given”.

Mark Lawrenson Can be okay but recently has become very annoying. Doing his co-commentary he seems to think his whole job is about making sarcastic comments and moaning about players and then bursting out laughing. Very pro-English when commenting and seems to forget that he chose to play for Ireland.

Mark Bright If ever somebody had a name that didn’t suit them. Not particularly brimming with intelligent ideas and nor does his attitude ‘brighten’ up watching a game. Can usually be heard moaning about something a few minutes into a game as a co-commentator and keeps it up the whole way through.

Patrick Vieira Nothing particularly bad about his performances but he was just a bit bland and liked to talk in the usual football clichés.

Craig Burley Makes Mark Bright seem like Michael McIntyre. One of those people who only seems happy when he’s moaning. He can take the smallest incident in a game and go on and on about it for ages. Likes to turn anything and everything into a big controversial moment.

Andy Townsend Maybe he’s been about too long. Doesn’t seem to contribute much apart from dull clichés. Like Lawrenson is also very pro-English seemingly just forgetting all the games that he played for Ireland.

Guy Mowbray A commentator who thinks he is the star of the show and not the game that you are watching. While other commentators can be quiet now and again he seems to feel it is a weakness to leave even a second without his voice.

Jonathan Pearce Has calmed down as a commentator since he first appeared a few years ago but is still one for shouting at every opportunity. Can sense he would have wanted to be Brazilian given the chance.

Colin Murray Always a weak link on whatever show he has been on and doing presenting on some BBC shows he shows no signs of improving. Avery grating style where he thinks he is a lot more funny than he is.

Jake Humphrey Seems to do a lot of sports shows for BBC. Done a lot of interviews at the touchline. Has a strange laughing presenting style where it looks as if he is going to go into a stand up routine all thre time.

Adrian Chiles Can’t understand why he is still there. Gets a lot of presenting jobs and is usually the worst thing on the show. Presenting for ITV he is another who thinks he is really funny. His blokey style can be very grating and hard to watch as he can’t understand when people don’t answer the way he expects them to. Lack of basic football knowledge also lets him down at times.

If you think that anybody mentioned here is the worst pundit then you can vote for him below. If there is anybody not mentioned or if you think that some of the names mentioned here have been harshly treated you can comment below

Who do you think is the most annoying of these pundits?

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    • James Vernon profile imageAUTHOR

      James Vernon 

      6 years ago from UK

      Thanks for the comment Donnacha. I don't mind Jim Beglin. I think he comes across okay. A lot of them seem to come across as if they know the secrets of the universe because they played football at a decent level and nobody else can understand it!

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      Donnacha C 

      6 years ago from Ennis, Co Clare, Republic of Ireland

      great hub and 100% agree! I have to add Jim Beglin tough as the worst of the worst, cannot stand him!

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      James Vernon 

      6 years ago from UK

      Thanks for the comments internpete.

      Thanks for commenting CCahill. Yes Murray was a bit of a late entry to this but i just thoght he was too irritating to leave out.

      Thanks for the comments Thomas.

      Thanks for commenting CyclingFitness. Yes i called it the worst pundits but it was really just a catch-all title as i was talking about commentators,presenters etc. Yes i also wouldn't mind seeing the pundits dropped or at the very least rotated so that you get different people on occasionally.

      Thanks for reading and commenting Richard.

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      Peter V 

      6 years ago from At the Beach in Florida

      Yeah Keller didn't always have the best things to say, but I really liked him as a player (saw him play once, and I was a keeper growing up). I thought his opinions on goalkeepers was good, but other than that he sometimes said things just to have something to say. And yeah, lalas did that too sometimes. Ballack got much better at being on TV as the tournament went on. At the beginning he was a little shaky, but I would be to if I had to be on TV speaking a different language! Overall the people ESPN put together made for a pretty good team.

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      6 years ago

      I didn't have them. But I want to piggyback on those in the States.


      I liked Ballack and the old irish guy was funny. But, sickening Casey Keller, is very opinionated. His statement against Balotelli made him look very bad.

      Lalas was decent sometimes, but at other times he was outclassed by Ballack who showed he had played at the top before and Lalas hasn't

      I thought MArtinez was good, I don't know why he couldn't be in the studio next to Ballack. They seemed the most engaged and knowledgeable.


      As a DCU fan I have many issues with Keller but until his commentary it was all in the spirit of sport. But, his words at times showed a very personally opiniated view.

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      Liam Hallam 

      6 years ago from Nottingham UK

      I was shot down dead by some colleagues the other day when I suggested it's time that Match of the Day was changed and Linekar, Hansen, Shearer and the doom merchant that is Lawrenson were beheaded!

      I would more call Jake Humphrey a presenter than a Pundit myself. And Colin Murray is good on Fighting Talk on 5 Live but again more a presenter than pundit.

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      Thomas Swan 

      6 years ago from New Zealand

      Well, I had to listen to the ESPN commentary a few times, and I have to say, Casey Keller is the worst football pundit I have ever heard. I found myself actively looking for other channels to avoid listening to his moronic comments. I'm amazed he's ever played football. Then again, he was a goalkeeper.

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      6 years ago from England

      Oh mate i have a real hatred for Collin Murray, he can take his shit jokes and music references and even shitter animations and fuck off!

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      Peter V 

      6 years ago from At the Beach in Florida

      Great idea for a hub! in the US, we didn't have any of these people. ESPN put together what I thought was a really good group of people for the Euro Cup. Michael Ballack along with several American soccer players and a handful of Commentators from England/Ireland made for a fun group that I enjoyed listening to. They had their awkward moments, but it made for a few laughs. Great hub!


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