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What is the point of Robbie
I don't mean that as a
personal attack on the former Leicester City/Birmingham/Blackburn Rovers/Derby
County midfielder - there are plenty of people on Twitter to do that - and in
any case my wife, who judges all sports people by their appearance on Strictly
Come Dancing, thinks him rather sweet.
It just happens that Robbie was one
of the three voices commentating for the BBC on Northern Ireland v Wales in the
Euros on Saturday afternoon, together with commentator Guy Mowbray and former Northern
Ireland international Gerry Armstrong; and Robbie's, er, distinctive delivery
underlined for me the usually pointless presence of a third - and in some
cases, a second - voice in the commentary box.
Let's deal with the overstaffing
If the pretence is that the
co-commentator is there to use his experience as an ex-player to put incidents
on the pitch into some sort of context, to interpret them in a way the mere
professional broadcaster cannot, then why do you need two of them?
If the first pundit, whatever his
nationality, can't be trusted to provide impartial expert analysis, and a
counterbalancing voice representing the rival nation is needed, how is he doing
the job of an expert?
a cheerleader, and I can do that myself at home.....
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