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The state of these commentators covering Newcastle’s win over Sheff Utd – Flabbergasted

3 weeks ago
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Like most of you, I was watching last night’s match on Sky, and again, like most of you, I was absolutely flabbergasted by the state of the commentators throughout the match.

You’d think they would have at the very least a list of players, complete with positions and numbers.

Frankly, even if they weren’t provided, this info isn’t exactly hard to get hold of from any sport app or social media…

Yet there I was, watching and listening to two people being paid no doubt a disgusting amount of money, to repeatedly call Jacob Murphy…Joe Willock.

Honestly, it was so poor, that in the highlights video on Youtube, they’ve discreetly edited out the commentary from when Murphy put his cross in for the goal. Embarrassing (according to the commentators it was Joe Willock with the excellent cross and…Joe Willock with an equally fine header!).

It’s not even just a Newcastle thing, or a Sky Sports issue. Why can’t we have decent commentators in the EPL?

If anything, BT Sport is even worse. I would genuinely rather watch a game on mute than listen to Chris Sutton and Robbie Savage.

How is it that we can’t get a person who:

(A) Can read a teamsheet and

(B) Have even an approximate knowledge of football and in particular, the two teams that are playing in that match?

Just because you’re an ex-pro, that does not mean you’re able to give a decent commentary on a game, see the above examples. A single error, I can understand, but why so many in a match?

As another example, in Newcastle’s FA Cup match with Arsenal in January, Danny Murphy continued to refer to Dubravka as Dubrovnik. If I was a co-commentator, I think I’d want to discreetly let him know he’s making a fool of himself…

Maybe the worst of all is the case of Allan Saint-Maximin. A player who has been playing in the Premier League for two years and isn’t exactly a low profile footballer who is rarely talked about!

I’m sure there are many good commentators out there, for example the Amazon Prime team I find very good and even occasionally funny!

However, how do all of the same error prone, lazy cliche spouting ex-pros and pundits get on the air week after week, regardless of performance, is beyond me.

I don’t know about you, but I reckon I could do a better job with minimal training, and at a very reasonable (cheap!) rate…

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