What are the odds? Who’s likely - and not so likely - to line out for Sky Sports this summer
Published 12/05/2014 | 15:24
With Sky Sports’ first live GAA broadcast less than four weeks away, here are the possibilities for who may be appearing over the summer months for the broadcaster.
Rachel Wyse: The Sky Sports |News presenter and Irish |Independent columnist (pictured left) has been heavily tipped for the job since the deal was first announced, but she has yet to be confirmed Odds: evens.
Niall Quinn: The man who was once the all-time record scorer for the Republic of Ireland, and played for Arsenal, Manchester and Sunderland over a career spanning decades, is also a former Dublin minor hurler. Was heavily tipped before ruling out the possibility at the weekend.
Matt Cooper: The former presenter of TV3’s Championship Sunday, Cooper is supremely comfortable behind the camera. But would the people across the water be able to understand that lilting Cork accent? Odds: 9/1.
Michael Lyster: He wouldn’t, or then again would he? The sight of the RTÉ veteran heading for Sky |to front their GAA coverage would be seen as a sign that Rupert Murdoch really wants to take on the old guard ... and win.|Odds: 16/1.
Jason Sherlock: No stranger to |the cameras thanks to his previous work with RTÉ, the former Dublin footballer is considered something of a shoe-in by many of the bookmakers to feature on Sky Sports’ coverage. Odds: 4/6.
Kevin Moran: He knows how to talk the talk and walk the walk. |As a pundit on TV3 and other |channels over the years, he’s fared impressively well in front of the |television cameras. And on top of| all that, he would command the respect of the old GAA purists and the newcomers to the sports alike. Odds: evens.
Paul Galvin: The retired Kerry |man is an enigma, and many believe that the lure of a big international audience could convince him to |join Sky. Odds: 11/8.
Shane Long: Will have plenty spare of time on his hands this summer after the end of the soccer season |in England — and the Hull City striker has a sizeable profile in the
UK, which will only work to help his chances of working with Sky. Odds: 11/10.
John Mullane: He’s passionate, |outspoken and he’s not afraid to call it exactly as he sees it. The Waterford hurling colossus could get Sky’s coverage off to a flyer |this summer. Odds: 3/1.
Donal Óg Cusack: Many believe this is where the smart money should go. Cusack has excelled on RTÉ’s Sunday Game. Odds: 7/2