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***Official*** Commentary Thread


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Haha great. Arry joining the BBC team apparently but still take them over the joy that is Southgate and Towsend


Hope the BBC have Clarence Seedorf as a pundit again.

In any event, I intend to avoid ITV as much as possible. Their entire commentary/punditry lineup is thoroughly objectionable.


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What's the situation in England with the coverage? Sky and BBC at the same time, or they take different games?


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ITV alternate with BBC. Sky get nothing because they like to keep big international tournaments free-to-air.


ITV. Eeeuuuww. Chiles and Red Clive with Townsend and Southgate prevaricating as if their lives depended on it. :sick: When Keane sits in it's like Michelangelo has been forced to make ends meet by doing a bit of artexing in between Sistine Chapels.


Evil Scotsman
I actually don't mind Southgate but he might have just stood out at the World Cup because the rest of ITV's panel was so ****.


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Can't stand Southgate. A very Southern English brand of moron: one who's far too polite to ever say anything of substance. All you get is a load of "looking back on that he'll think he maybe could have done a bit better there."

He's not horribly, infuriatingly wrong all the time like Townsend though. So in that sense he's one of ITV's better pundits, but that's a bit like being the nicest paedophile.
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I think Southgate is often quite critical and cutting with what he says to be honest. The reason I dislike him so much though is that he's a massive hypocrite. Happy to say how crap the decisions of other managers are, whilst conveniently forgetting that his tenure with Middlesbrough was absolutely disastrous.

Townsend also incredibly irksome, and just a moron. At least Robbie Earle was a nice lad, don't remember a lot about his punditry before his...er...indiscretion, but at least he wasn't extremely annoying. Can't stand Chiles, Clive, Drury, Beglin or Pleat though.


Evil Scotsman
I like Beglin but that's mostly because I associate his voice with watching our UEFA Cup run on ITV4.


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ITV's production values are pissweak compared to the beeb as well

Personally I wish sky were allowed to show some games; not exclusively but it'd be nice to have the choice.

The good news is ESPN have none. Their choice of pundit is...well.