Posts Tagged ‘BBC’

Roy Hodgson’s Star Turn

June 18, 2010

Tuning into BBC One’s coverage of the France v Mexico game last night I was pleasantly suprised to see Roy Hodgson in the pundit hotseat alongside Clarence Seedorf and Alan Shearer. Hodgson outclassed the lot of them. Searing tactical insight that had Shearer mumbling ‘as roy mentioned earlier’ on more than one occasion. Hodgson is not new to TV work having done his fair share in Italy.

My favourite of Roy’s observations was that Carlos Vela was pulling Bakary Sagna inside, leaving Salcido acres of space to create mahem. No one else picked this up of course.

Why the BBC and ITV do not go for more managers as pundits, particularly ones as seasoned as Roy is beyond me. Instead we are left to a cascade of ex-players, many of whom do not have the tactical nouse or bottle to manage, never mind read the game at an interesting level. I would much rather see the likes of Ferguson (unlikely, perhaps), Moyes or O’Neill offering tactical insight than Alan Shearer, Mark Lawrenson or Robbie Earl.

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Breaking News: BBC Still Hate Zamora

April 24, 2010

I hope Bobby Zamora gets a run out in the upcoming international matchesfriendly matches. However, the BBC’s crack team of footballing pundits are not so keen.

There are many reasons as to why Zamora will not be on the plane to South Africa, but Alan Hansen’s “He’s not good enough” comment is certainly not one of them.

Here is to hoping that Zamora answers his critics on Thursday night against Hamburg!

Question Time

December 11, 2009

Question Time this week was excellent. Often prone to political grandstanding and bickering in equal measure, QT is a great format for getting the difficult questions asked. This weeks panel featured former head of the British Army General Sir Richard Dannatt, the Minister of State for the Armed Forces Bill Rammall MP, the shadow foreign secretary William Hague MP, the former Liberal Democrat leader Lord Ashdown, the former newspaper editor Piers Morgan and the Respect Party’s Salma Yaqoob. The debate focused on Afghanistan with views from across the political spectrum.

Of the panelists there both Paddy Ashdown and Salma Yaqoob came across very well despite representing diametrically oposing viewpoints.  The discussion about Afghanistan focused on why we are there and how this has changed over the last 8 years. Afghanistan is an incredibly complex issue and the public have been kept in the dark regarding strategy and what exactly is happening on the ground. Paddy Ashdown was arguing that the reason that any progress had stagnated was because of a lack of a coherent plan by the NATO forces based there. It is amazing that there has been no overall structure to the invasion in Afghanistan and subsequent occupation. Yes, the goal posts have moved but the lack of planning is both worrying and distressing. I am a great believer in stepping back and taking an overall view of a situation before taking action  but until now this has simply not happened. When Obama attempted to do this over the last few months he was called weak and unsure, whilst he was in actual fact assessing all of the options to come out with the best one for the US, NATO and Aghanistan itself. In the past everyone had a separate agenda and now we have been there 8 years with a countless number of deaths, both civilian and military, without achieving a stable country.

On QT, the government were described putting ‘amatuers’ in crucial positions, and whilst this may seem harsh, from where I am standing it is simply true. The foreign policy of this government and the previous US administration has been an unmitigated disaster and we need answers and people to hold accountable. The Iraq inquiry that is going on at the moment is a complete joke. Firstly it has no legal basis to take any action about its findings and secondly most of what they discovered I could have told you from the research that I did for my university dissertation. There needs to be more accountability, and until this occurs leaders will not have a second thought about committing troops to new wars and going off on ego trips with foreign leaders (here’s to you Mr.Blair).