Football pundits – Who do you most like listening to?

Sportsmail debate: Who do our writers most like listening to when live football is on the television or radio


On the radio it’s Mike Ingham. We’re normally at the same matches but on
the rare occasion I get to listen to him calling a match, I could listen all day. He’s a real pro, unflappable, and I enjoy his light touch. On TV, again I tend to report the same games as the best pundits but I like the authority of those who have played and managed at the top — Jamie Redknapp and Graeme Souness stand out.


MostFive Live commentators are good — Ian Dennis, Alan Green, John Murray. The authoratitive Green is a link to the old Radio 2 days. On TV still nobody matches David Coleman’s ‘ONE-nil!’ In general there are too many meaningless statistics.

Popular pundit: David Pleat Mike Ingham

Popular voices: David Pleat (left) and Mike Ingham (right)


Theunmistakable voice of Peter Jones remains the most prescient in the history of football broadcasting, but Mike Ingham’s commentaries on FiveLive come mighty close to the great man. Ingham (right) lives through every game, adding to the mystique of the microphone by taking listenerson a romantic journey full of breathless moments.


In an era that finds football punditry at an all-time low, the BBC have thankfully found room for David Pleat. The former Luton, Leicester, Tottenham and Sheffield Wednesday boss may not have much of a future on Strictly Come Dancing but Pleat’s intelligent, incisive and occasionally cutting analysis is the perfect antidote to the blandness of Match of the Day and much of what we are dished up by Sky and ITV. /12/30/article-0-09A6737C000005DC-446_468x370.jpg” width=”468″ height=”370″ alt=”Football favourite: Jimmy Armfield has enhanced radio coverage of football for generations of listeners” class=”blkBorder” />

Football favourite: Jimmy Armfield has enhanced radio coverage of football for generations of listeners


For commentary, Martin Tyler. I”ve seen the amazing amount of work he
puts into his research and like his manner. More controversially, I enjoy
Ray Wilkins’ punditry. He’s just got to stop using players’ nicknames!


GraemeSouness delivers the authority and insight of someone who has played and managed at the top level and is not afraid of his opinion and who itmight upset. His comments are concise and never diluted or bland. They make you stop and think, which is the key to good punditry. He is the best of a strong stable at Sky and a good range of voices, young and old, players and managers. The BBC suffer from having no strong managerial voice on TV, although the wisdom of Graham Taylor on Radio 5 Live is always worth listening to.


I’m less likely to switch off when Ian Dennis, Simon Brotherton or John Murray deliver their bright, insightful and knowledgeable commentary. On TV, is there any better sound than Ray Wilkins saying ‘well done’


On radio, I enjoy Darren Fletcher’s clear diction. On TV, Clive Tyldesley and Peter Drury know their stuff. But Martin Tyler remains the No 1. When
you hear his voice, it’s like putting on your favourite slippers. You know you will be comfortable when he’s in charge.