Divided Opinion: Colin Murray & Tony Adams

Two footballing personalities of greatly differing pedigrees were in the papers this week, both of whom have divided opinion during their greatly differing careers – broadcast journalist Colin Murray and ex-player and manager Tony Adams. Having welcomed Murray’s choice as the BBC’s Match of the Day 2 host in 2010, I feel duty-bound to comment now he is to be replaced by the greatly differing Mark Chapman. To say Murray divides opinion is an understatement, even if sometimes that opinion has seemed divided between those who liked his irreverence (me) and those who didn’t (everyone else). The response to my enthusiastic welcome of Murray’s appointment certainly suggested I was in the minority and that Murray was an Alan Green-lite when it came to irritating the viewing and listening public – dividing them in the same manner, if not quite with the same mouth-foaming intensity. Beyond a shared Northern Irish accent – the differences barely discernible to non-Celt ears – Green’s and Murray’s media personae share little and any attempt to put Murray’s MOTD demise down to bias against the accent should be resisted. In truth, Murray wasn’t quite as natural in the MOTD role as I’d hoped and believed, not least because he could never quite hide the impression that football was not his number one area of expertise.   He seemed a better presenter during the few seconds he...

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