The Wright Stuff


Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    I’ve never quite understood why BBC and ITV have such low brow football coverage. Watch Liverpool in the Champions League and there’ll be lots on Anfield having a “special atmosphere on nights like this”, “Stevie G” and “Carra” being “Liverpool’s heart and soul” and bollocks like that, while details like what formation the two teams are playing gets at best a cursory going over.

    Then you think about C4’s coverage of test cricket back when they had the rights and you got thoughtful analysis that didn’t make you feel like a cretin. It’s not impossible to do good coverage of sport.

    Maybe it’s a symptom of the current state of the game, it’s an extension of the celebrity industry now, so they centre on personalities and their supposed traits that we all know about rather than the actual game itself. It’s kind of a soap, but for men.

  2. Lee (La Liga Review) says:

    Good post.

    And I have to agree with you that there is a dearth of decent analysis in British football broadcasting. Both the BBC and Sky have gone down the route of employing former pro’s rather than journalists to cover the sport. However, I’m not so sure that the BBC has realised that people ‘would prefer insight and analysis’ to the rantings of the bloke down the pub – because as you say, getting rid of Wright is only one small step, and until they get rid of the inane gibberish spouted by ‘Lawro’, the mindnumbingly comatose Shearer and the pally former pros network – then there is little hope of anything approaching decent coverage.

    Unlike you, I’m not so sure that the majority of people want anything else from their football coverage anyway – something I find too depressing for words. How many people read the Sun and the Mirror on a Monday as opposed to the Guardian and the Times?

  3. Tote Football Pro says:

    I thought he quit:

    Ian Wright has quit his role as a BBC football pundit – and branded its coverage “run-of-the-mill” and old fashioned.

    The ex-England and Arsenal striker – a regular on BBC One for several years – complained he was made to take the role of the “comedy jester”.

    Wright told Broadcast he thought viewers wanted football coverage to take a new approach. “Times are changing,” he said. “I don’t know how long young people are going to want to sit down and watch that same old ‘jacket, shirt and tie’ format.

    “They want people who are dressed like them. They’ve got no one to relate to and that’s why I’ve said to them I don’t want to do the England games any more.”

    Wright will co-present the revived Gladiators series for Sky One from next month and has a show on radio station Talk Sport.

    He added that he was unhappy with his role in the BBC’s football coverage. “I feel like I’m just there as a comedy jester to break the ice with Alan Shearer and Alan Hansen who just do run-of-the-mill things,” said Wright. “I can’t do that anymore. People want something different.”

    “I was there as the jester” Really mate?! do you honestly think you’re coherant and can analyse tactics? It was embarrasing listening to him going ‘We need to get more balls in the box/We should be up for it’ etc etc

    Typical goalscorer. Put the ball in the net, dont be offside, move defenders around. What those blokes at the back and in the middle do he couldnt guess. Shearer isnt exactly the same but its there with him aswell.

    When it comes to Hansen who led from the back and knew what everyone should be doing and had to organise at least 5 of the team, the two of them are made to look for decoration. You get the feeling Lawrensons the same but is more interested in being funny and making quips.

    Dont get me started on Garth Crooks…..

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