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

 

KEVIN KILBANE

The former Everton footballer appears now and again on the international feed for Premier League games. He brings a former player’s perspective to his analysis of matches, which is a welcome addition since he only retired in 2012.

 

GRAEME LE SAUX

Le Saux, the former Blackburn and Chelsea left back, is usually found next to Arlo White as NBCSN’s first choice commentator for the Sunday matches. Le Saux works well with White, and is clear, insightful and articulates his thoughts well. Before becoming an NBC commentator, Le Saux worked for the BBC as a pundit on the television show Match of the Day 2. 

 

BRIAN LITTLE

The former Aston Villa manager has a noticeable Geordie accent, but it’s not as rough as Chris Waddle’s accent. In his co-commentary style, Little calls it as he sees it. What you’ll hear is straightforward and consistently reliable commentary.

 

BRIAN McBRIDE

McBride enjoyed a successful career on the pitch as a striker for the Columbus Crew, Fulham, and the Chicago Fire. Following his retirement as a player, McBride joined FOX Sports as a pundit and color commentator for international friendlies and UEFA Champions League matches. The American provides solid punditry and breaks down the game fairly well. McBride also offers a level head in the FOX studio.

 

STEVE McMANAMAN

The former Liverpool standout can occasionally still be seen on ESPN doing World Cup, Confederations Cup, and international friendly matches next to Ian Darke; however, BT Sport signed McManaman to do Premier League matches starting in 2013. The sometimes funny, sometimes pessimistic McManaman usually brings strong opinions and some humor to the booth. 

 

DANNY MILLS

The man from Yorkshire has a very unique accent. When he speaks, it’s rather monotone and he sounds uninspired, but if you listen closely to the former Leeds United footballer, you’ll often hear a lot of wisdom. Mills is used sparingly in Premier League commentaries, but when he does make an appearance, it’s often for a high-profile game on a Sunday.

 

DANNY MURPHY

Murphy is a relatively new entrant to the world of soccer commentating, but his style of being over opinionated may be his Achilles heel at the moment. For example, during a recent game, he blasted Newcastle United’s Ayoze Perez and said he wasn’t good enough for the Premier League and that he should be substituted. In the second half, he scored the matchwinner against Tottenham Hotspur, and then proceeded to score the winner in the club’s next game against Liverpool.

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