Only A Game? - Pundits - the good, the bad and the very ugly...

RTE WORLD CUP 2014 PRESENTERS AND PUNDITS (L-R) Former World Cup winner with Argentina Ossie Ardiles  with (L-R) John Giles, Bill O'Herlihy, Eamon Dunphy, Darragh Maloney, Ray Houghton, Kenny Cunningham, Richie Sadlier, Tony O'Donoghue, John Kenny and Ronnie Whelan, Photo: INPHO/Morgan Treacy

RTE WORLD CUP 2014 PRESENTERS AND PUNDITS (L-R) Former World Cup winner with Argentina Ossie Ardiles with (L-R) John Giles, Bill O'Herlihy, Eamon Dunphy, Darragh Maloney, Ray Houghton, Kenny Cunningham, Richie Sadlier, Tony O'Donoghue, John Kenny and Ronnie Whelan, Photo: INPHO/Morgan Treacy

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It’s been a World Cup to remember. Full of biting action, goals, drama and some of the best and worst pundits ever.

The whole point of the World Cup is for countries from all over the globe to pit themselves against one another to see who can emerge as champions but where some of the pundits are concerned you would swear they are in competition with each other to see who can come out with the most stupid statement.

For example, in reaction to Luis Suarez biting Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini ex-England and Leeds United full-back, Danny Mills, suggested the Uruguayan should be put in prison for the rest of his life.

Danny Mills’ taste for hyperbole made me chuckle because there’s no denying what Suarez did was wrong but nibbling on an opponent’s shoulder is not exactly the crime of the century.

If you find political correctness irksome then you must be familiar with Bill, John and Eamon on RTE.

I swear on all that’s holy, it’s like watching three men in a local pub talk about football. Bill is without question the worst devil’s advocate and instead he just comes across as a grinning s*** stirrer and Eamon Dunphy doesn’t even know when he’s live on air.

I used to tune into RTE religiously for the football and because of their lack of knowledge on any player outside of the English Premiership you were always guaranteed a bit of entertainment as the three amigos attempted to look like they knew what they are talking about.

RTE need a change and listening to Bill, John and Eamon revise the same old arguments they have been doing for almost 20 years is not as enjoyable as it used to be.

The 2014 World Cup in Brazil has not been without some top class pundits though.

He might speak with a very strong Newry accent but former Celtic boss, Neil Lennon, has been a breath of fresh air on the ultra self-conscious BBC.

If Gary Linekar’s shirt and trousers were any tighter he’d surely suffocate and Thierry Henry is a smug so and so but Lennon has impressed me.

I like listening to his football anecdotes and he is most certainly very knowledgeable but the thing I like the most about Lennon is that he doesn’t take himself too seriously. A possible future in television could lie ahead of him.

I can tolerate everyone I have mentioned up until now but when it comes to Adrian Chiles and Ian Wright they make me want to stick my face in a pot of boiling water.

Chiles is a bubbling idiot who sounds like he has just endured a lobotomy and the image of him wearing sandals, shorts and a cheese cloth shirt during the Belgium v South Korea game on Thursday will haunt me for the rest of my life.

Ian Wright is in my opinion one of the worst human beings to ever appear on the TV. It’s almost as if he’s best mates with the likes of Gordon Strachan and Glenn Hoddle and the only reason he is there is because ITV need someone to amuse everyone else. The ITV pundits look like a bunch of 40 and 50 somethings on a stag party in Spain and the BBC experts come across as a group of men who look like they are making their first communion all over again and the less said about RTE the better.

Will the football get any better? I think so. What of the pundits? Well, the words futile and wishful thinking come to mind.