Sir: With the FA Cup final imminent, it is with great regret that I note that the BBC commentary of the season's blue riband fixture has now been handed to Barry Davies in place of John Motson.
Formerly Mr Davies demonstrated passion and flair: "Lee .... Interesting! Very interesting! Just look at his face! Just look at his face!" He now, however, understates and praises with minimum embellishment: "Cantona. [Silence] Brilliant!"
Although John Motson can occasionally overpower with statistics, his enthusiasm, impartiality and ability to capture the rising tempo of a game in the same way as Peter O'Sullevan during a horse race is virtually unparalleled.
Let us hope Mr Davies dispenses with some of the pomposity and instead enthuses with full impartiality in those scenes of grandeur.
RICHARD LEVERReuse content