World Cup 2014: BBC backs ‘monotone’ presenter Phil Neville

 

The BBC insisted today that Phil Neville would continue as its first-choice World Cup co-commentator despite criticism of the former Manchester United and England star’s lethargic punditry style.

Neville’s observations alongside principal commentator Guy Mowbray during England’s defeat by Italy on Saturday night provoked an outcry on Twitter as he was lambasted by the public and fellow broadcasters for being “monotone”, “robotic”, “dull” and “sleep-inducing”.

Danny Baker, who hosts a BBC radio football show, tweeted during the game: “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.”

Comedian David Schneider posted: “What truly frightens me if England go behind is that we then hear what Phil Neville sounds like when he’s depressed.”

But last night the BBC said the co-commentator would remain in place for England’s forthcoming games. A source added: “Like all new additions to the BBC team, training has been provided.”

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