Ok so were into day 6 of the World Cup so I thought I’d run the rule over the World Cup pundits, first up ITV:
Adrien Chiles- ITV’s main football presenter, proud Brummie, lots of people seem to not like him but I personally do, I think he’s irreverent humour is quite good at times, sometimes it does miss the mark, and yesterday he was way to emotional about the Muller- Pepe incident.
Patrick Viera – World Cup winner with France of course, seems a decent pundit, very calm, a member of ITV’s A-Team.
Fabio Cannavaro – World Cup winning captain with Italy. During the first game I didn’t think his English was good enough to be a pundit as he didn’t really answer any of Adrian’s questions but seems to have come into his own. It terms of his actual punditry it’s a bit hit and miss sometimes he comes out with gems particularly on defending but other times he makes strange statements like that he thinks it’ll be a Germany- Portugal final.
Lee Dixon – The English representative within the A-team. Often the butt of jokes due to his smaller stature as a player to the World Cup winners on his left, he’s by far the best of the pundits doing the most in depth tactical analysis.
Glenn Hoddle – Played and managed at the World Cup but seems to be on ITV’s B team, he’s a little bit old school, for example he was disappointed that Brazil have a more European style at this World Cup but that’s been the case since 2006 really, but as a manager his tactical analysis is probably only second to Lee on the ITV team.
Ian “Wrighty” Wright – Who doesn’t love Ian Wright. He just loves football and just enjoys everything about it. In terms of punditing he usually says what a fan would say but that’s not necessarily a bad thing, his constant switching between Japan and Ivory Coast in their game was hilarious as was, his singing with the Argentina fans at the Maracana. Was a little bit weird though in the opening game when he was on the Cocacabana beach interviewing a German surfer wearing pink shorts but hey that’s Wrighty. Also insists on calling Hoddle “gaffer”. Several yrs after his playing career ended.
Gordon Strachan – An ITV regular, haven’t seen much of him at this World Cup.
Andy Townsend – ITV’s usual co-commentator, extremely annoying always seems to say stupid things.
Clarke Carlisle – He may be Britain’s brainiest footballer but I’m not a big fan of his voice having said that his analysis is decent.
Matt Smith – The other presenter, has good banter with Wrighty.