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The Worst Football Pundits
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.
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