New BBC football commentator Phil Neville faced a Twitter backlash yesterday after his television commentating debut was labelled "robotic," "monotone" and "dull" by social media users.
England fans took to Twitter in their thousands to criticise the former Manchester United man’s microphone capabilities during England’s 2-1 defeat at the hands of Italy last night.
Among those to lambast Neville’s commentary style included the controversial funny man Frankie Boyle who wrote: “Phil Neville could make Zippity Doo Dah sound like a cancer diagnosis.”
Chris Addison joined his fellow comedian in the poking fun at Neville, writing: “Phil Neville. If a Wild Bean Cafe pasty could talk.”
One user likened Phil Neville’s punditry performance to “being tranquilised”, while another one wrote Neville had the “personality of a potato.”
So bad did the negative outpouring against Neville become that former Liverpool midfielder Didi Hamann, had to warn the BBC’s new man not to check his Twitter during half-time.
‘If Phil Neville reads his twitter feed he may not come out for the second half,’
With so many to choose from we have picked out a few of our favourites …
Is Neville doing the shipping forecast?— Tom Foot (@tomfoot1) June 14, 2014
Alcohol dependency groups have suspended sales of their cessation video narrated by Phil Neville after millions more people hit the bottle— Neil Yates (@neilayates) June 15, 2014
Phil Neville could make Zippity Doo Dah sound like a cancer diagnosis— Frankie Boyle (@frankieboyle) June 14, 2014
"And the BBC have just made one change for the second half. They've taken off Phil Neville and brought on a speak-your-weight machine."— Danny Baker (@prodnose) June 14, 2014
England's physio stretchered off after falling into a coma listening to Phil Neville's commentary. pic.twitter.com/ZcdJbwyUf0— NeiLFC Davies (@NDAV5L) June 14, 2014
Phil Neville. If a Wild Bean Cafe pasty could talk.— Chris Addison (@mrchrisaddison) June 14, 2014
I'm sure this is what phil neville was thought he was watching last night pic.twitter.com/PibjYUJZKn— AP FROM HIGHBURY (@adamparsons70) June 15, 2014
Phil Neville with fantastic analysis of the 5mins of extra time. 'There have been stoppages'. Sorry Gary— Michael Carlson (@Carlsonsports) June 14, 2014
BBC have apologised for sound problems during the game after Phil Neville's microphone was mistakenly left on.— tom jamieson (@jamiesont) June 14, 2014
If the entire stadium burns down, Phil Neville will mumble "Well, that's what flames can do. If they're not marked."— Mark Steel (@mrmarksteel) June 14, 2014
My SatNav has more enthusiasm than Phil Neville!— PNE Police (@PNEPolice) June 14, 2014
If I was stranded on a desert island with a tin of corned beef and Phil Neville I would eat Phil Neville and talk to the corned beef.— Jeff (@Schofij) June 15, 2014
will be playing recordings of Phil Neville all night to keep the streets all calm and sleepy. Remember respect residents #KnowYourLimit— Policing South Warks (@SWarksCops) June 14, 2014