Most of already presumed it, but now the news is official. Former England National Team player Steve McManaman has joined ESPN as a soccer analyst for its networks in the United States and United Kingdom.
In the U.S., he will primarily serve as a studio and match analyst for the network’s coverage of Premier League matches, the U.S. Men’s National Team, marquee Major League Soccer events, the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup and the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. On ESPN UK, the former Liverpool FC standout will contribute as a studio pundit.
McManaman, a studio analyst during ESPN’s coverage of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa, will be based in England. He will pair with co-commentator Ian Darke for live commentary from Premier League match sites for ESPN’s U.S. audience on the Saturday, 9:55 a.m. ET, matches, and will be in the studio for 7:30 a.m. matches same day. In addition, McManaman will make select appearances as a pundit on ESPN UK’s studio programming during the Premiership and FA Cup seasons.
“Steve McManaman was one of the finest players of his generation. As a broadcaster, he has a keen ability to communicate with great insight and clarity, and he is not shy about making his opinions known. He is a great addition to our team,” said Jed Drake, senior vice president and executive producer, ESPN Remote Productions.
McManaman said: “It is a pleasure to be joining such a great group of people who really love football. I totally enjoyed myself during the 2010 FIFA World Cup and I look forward to being a part of the ESPN team again.”
McManaman will make his Major League Soccer studio debut Thursday, Nov. 4, at 8 p.m., on ESPN2 – the San Jose Earthquakes at New York Red Bulls match.