Friday 22 September 2017

'They don't engage their brain' - Eamon Dunphy hits out at 'hopeless' Premier League pundits

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Eamon Dunphy has hit out at the 'hopeless' pundits analysing English football.

BBC's coverage of Man City's 5-0 win over West Ham last Friday came in for criticism after the panel focused on a dubious penalty incident for the majority of their analysis.

Speaking on Game On on 2FM last night, Dunphy tipped his cap to a few analysts who he rates highly, but overall he isn't impressed with the TV product in England.

"They're hopeless," Dunphy said.

"Some of them are good - Souness is excellent. Gary Neville is very good. Ian Wright is very good when he puts his mind to it but they’re not encouraged to put their minds to it and really be rigorous and robust, which is what you need and what you should expect.

"No, they're hopeless. I don't like to say it. You have to have a commitment to the audience and that's what is missing in England."

Dunphy reserved particular criticism for BT Sport, saying that the broadcaster doesn't 'respect their audience' due to their choice of pundits.

"The number of guys who don't actually know the game and don't engage their brain. What really baffles me is what the television companies - BT Sport have invested about £2bn in rights. They have the goalkeeper David James and Rio Ferdinand. They don't respect their audience."

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