Clive Tyldesley reckons Match of the Day is doing just fine

Commentator defends recent criticism


First off, Clive Tyldesley has a blog! The Spoiler assumes it’s been kept quiet so as to avoid the Internet being brought to its knees by a tide of abuse. Anyway, in his latest post, Red Clive has lent his support to Match of the Day after its recent bollocking from Stan Collymore.

“Don’t fix what aint broken,” says Clive. Except to say, rather than extending the minutes given to match analysis, he reckons extra time should be spent on match highlights. To be fair, with Alan Shearer and Mark Lawrenson providing the insight, we can’t argue with that.

The Spoiler thinks there’s also a subtle shot at Andy Gray’s psychedelic Monday Night Football show, indirectly described as ‘emperors’ new clothes’.

Unsurprisingly, Tyldesley doesn’t manage to finish the piece without jamming in a Clive-ism:

We can argue all we like as to why many more viewers watch the World Cup final on BBC than ITV, and many more watch the Champions League final on ITV than Sky.

Erm, possibly because A) ITV’s World Cup coverage is, in a word, rubbish; and B) a fraction of the population subscribe to Sky Sports while everyone with a working telly gets ITV?

Anyway, have a look and, if you like, report back with your thoughts.

2 responses so far
  • Darren // October 1, 2010 at 1:38 pm

    Some comments.

    MotD is lame. It’s watered down bollocks for thickies, essentially. If you’re satisfied with the level of tactical analysis that Shearer and co provide, I suggest you take up something less cerebral, like one-player snap.

    Everything ITV do is unequivocally shit. Their sports coverages sucks. Their pundits are to punditry what napalm is to shrubberies. Their programme schedule is FUBAR by 10am because they allow adverts to run over. And they think people are concerned with the everyday lives of Peter Andre, Katie Price and Jedward.

    And Clive Tyldesley has bollocks for eyes.

  • Jim // October 4, 2010 at 9:29 am

    Anyone who actually needs “analysis” after watching even edited highlights really needs to think about do they actually understand what they are watching in the first place.

    The whole pundit thing reeks anyway, former players, passing judgement on clubs that they had rivalries with as player with a vocabulary that seems to struggle past words with more than 3 syllables.

    Given that they have to have a “talking point” they are slowly strangling the life out of the game. Why do we question referees? Could it be to do with the fact that people who have never seen the inside of a football ground, wonder why a ref makes wrong decision after, they have watched it 10 times from 4 different angles, while a smug, self satisfied commentator shouts you’ve got that wrong ref.

    Yep revamp the lot, one commentator who keeps his opinions to himself a studio link man and that’s it.
    Lets see if the viewing public can make up their own minds

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