A comprehensive guide to English soccer TV commentators and co-commentators

 

PAUL WALSH

Walsh is one of the hardest men working in commentating and football punditry. He can be heard every weekend when he co-commentates a Premier League match (often on Mondays when he’s teamed with Martin Tyler). But he can also be seen and heard on Sky Sports where he provides analysis on other weekend matches. Walsh has a heavy London accent, which can often be mistaken with Tony Gale’s voice.

 

RAY WILKINS

The former England and Manchester United footballer seems to rely on co-commentating and pundit opportunities when he isn’t coaching Chelsea (as an assistant) or national teams abroad. As a co-commentator, he’s inconsistent. He’s had some woeful UEFA Champions League co-commentaries, but he can be astute at times when reading the game and sharing observations that viewers may not see.

 

NIGEL WINTERBURN

For a while, Winterburn was appearing as a co-commentator for many of the high-profile Premier League matches beamed around the world via the international feed week-in week-out. While he hasn’t been featured as much anymore, his unmistakeable voice as well as propensity to talk on and on make him stick out like a sore thumb when he’s behind the mic.

 

IAN WRIGHT

The former Arsenal striker was a legend for the Gunners, but he tarnished his co-commentating skills when he was saddled with Gus Johnson on FOX Sports. Surprisingly, Wright was worse than Johnson, which is saying a lot. The motor mouth has improved since then, but he still has a lot of work to do to earn back the respect of a lot of soccer fans. 

 

ERIC WYNALDA

While some may say, “save the best for last”, this is certainly not the case in this scenario. Wynalda has been featured in the booth alongside Gus Johnson during Champions League matches in the past, and also in the studio as a pundit for FOX Sports. The former American international is constantly negative, has radical opinions, and provides almost zero meaningful insight. 

 

Additional research by Christopher Harris.

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