He's going at the end of the season because ITV have next to no football rights afterwards. Just England home fixtures + international tournaments. A significant number of pundits/commentators work freelance now, so there's no sense in keeping a guy on full time when they only need him for half a dozen games a year. I wouldn't be particularly surprised if he pops up on ITV again during Euro 2016, even if it's no longer with the A-team. Beglin and Drury were AXED by ITV a few years back and returned in that capacity.
Certainly the streamers amongst us will not be free of his ear ache - he'll surely end up doing Prem and Champs League stuff for international rights holders, if nothing else.
And to those celebrating: we're trading him for Michael Owen, Robbie Savage and the rest of the clown car brigade on BT Sport. And you'll actually have to pay for the privilege this time.
Pleat was awful, but I enjoyed listening to him. You genuinely can't believe some of the shit that came out of his mouth:Is Townsend going as well then? Great news, worst commentator bar David Pleat.
Our central defenders, Doherty and Anthony Gardner, were fantastic and I told them that when they go to bed tonight they should think of each other.”
“For such a small man Maradona gets great elevation on his balls.”
“Stoichkov is pointing at the bench with his eyes.”
“A game is not won until it is lost.”
“Eighty per cent of teams who score first in matches go on to win them. But they may draw some. Or occasionally lose…..”
“Had we not got that second goal, I think the score might have been different. I’m not sure.”
“He hits it into the corner of the net as straight as a nut.”
"Craig Bellamy definitely runs faster forwards than he runs backwards"
"A few South Americans in this Porto team. Three Romanians and three Portuguese. We should be in for some Samba action tonight"
“Republic of Czechoslovakia”
“We are now in the middle of the centre of the first half”
“For those of you watching in black and white, Spurs are in the all yellow strip.”
“There’s Thierry Henry, exploding like the French train that he is.”
Is their other presenter Matt.....I.......talk........very..........slowly.........Smith still there or has he gone as well?
Good shout! I think he may be in on the new Football League show on Channel 5. He already does the World Strongest man on there.Good riddance that Chiles and Townsend are gone! Don't know that Pougach guy though as never listened to 5 Live for a match commentary. James Richardson should have been the man though to come in; he's a lege!
Good riddance that Chiles and Townsend are gone! Don't know that Pougach guy though as never listened to 5 Live for a match commentary. James Richardson should have been the man though to come in; he's a lege!
With the exception of Alan Green (though even he's not as bad as he used to be, guessing he's been told to tone it down), Five Live are pretty good. I dont like listening to radio commentaries, but if I have to, I pick Five Live.
Looks like binning off the One Show was a great career move for Chiles wasnt it? Had a chat show axed, binned off Daybreak, and now binned off the footy. Meanwhile the One Show thrives...
Pougatch is an excellent broadcaster and will surely improve ITV's coverage. They're still in need of a couple of quality pundits though.