With all of the home channels having shaken up their World Cup punditry and commentating lineups for the World Cup, we thought we’d pick the definitive World Cup Media Dream Team.
Anchor: James Richardon
There was plenty of support for Bill O’Herlihy and no support at all for Gary Lineker or Adrian Chiles (except from Sarah “fancies him” Winterburn). But Richardson’s heady cocktail of bad puns and continental know-how marks him out as the man to lead the side.
You won’t win any ratings wars without someone on the panel to tell you why the world’s leading players are really bankrupt, scurvy, wagons and “bad characters”.
The ghost of Cloughie might even give Eamo a run for his money in the controversial stakes. Unlike Eamo, he’d have a CV at hand to back him up.
RTE Graeme as opposed to Sky Souness, although the Souey-Gullit axis and its poorly-concealed disdain for Jamie isn’t bad either. Like Liam Brady, who just missed out, and unlike Ronnie Whelan, Souness is willing to take on the Giles-Dunphy status quo.
Commentator: Barry Davies
Home favourite George Hamilton missed out due to his ongoing metaphor drought. Jimmy Magee came strongly into contention, 80’s Motty would also have fitted in well but Davies’ interesting… very interesting brand of headmaster lecturing and shrill goal calls make him the definitive voice of the World Cup.
Co-commentator: Ron Atkinson
Big Ron’s continued exile has left the co-commentary trade in crisis. From the whining of Lou Macari to the English as a foreign language of Chris Waddle to the remarkable unremarkableness of Trevor Steven, there’s nobody out there fit to polish Ron’s diamonds.
Here’s how the Dream Team might sound in harmony.