Rate the Pundit – Alan Hansen
It’s getting interesting in the Rate the Pundit leaderboards as this week we turn to former Liverpool defender Alan Hansen. Can the Scot grab the number one spot from the impressive Lee Dixon? Read on to find out!
Pundit: Alan Hansen
Role: Alan is employed by the BBC and is a pundit on Match of the Day.
Of course Alan Hansen was referring to Manchester United’s opening day defeat to Aston Villa back in 1995 when they had fielded such rookies as Gary Neville, Nicky Butt, Paul Scholes and David Beckham. Regrettably, for Hansen at least, United went onto win the league and cup double – making the Scot look rather foolish.
Nevertheless, it was the kind of bold and controversial point of view that was refreshing to see on TV and till this day creates talking points. In an age when the modern pundit is full of cliches and generic footballing terminology, it is refreshing to see someone not afraid to make his opinion heard.
In fact, just recently, Hansen has courted more controversy for his forthright views on Theo Walcott. After the Arsenal star had netted a hat-trick against Blackpool earlier in the season, Hansen was critical of the winger’s performance. “When he’s got time to think about what he’s doing I think he struggles a bit,” he said, adding that the England international lacked a football brain.
As a former centre-half, Hansen’s strength is defensive analysis. Although you could argue his methods are now slightly dated (his playing career finished in 1991), there’s a geniune beliveability about what he says.
We asked for your views on Alan as a pundit. Here is a sample of what you lovely people came up with…
RobSafcFTM1897: “I don’t actually like Hansen, sometimes I wonder if he’s actually Scottish, but suppose it’s his job. But when it comes to England, hes as biased as you get, but he’s like that with Scotland as well.”
LeJask: “decent enough defensive analysis, too often dull and stale like much of MOTD, but better than the rest minus LeeDixon.”
Modric011: “defensively always on the money, he’s part of the motd furniture…”
anthonythfc: “he’s Scottish and talks sh*t.”
The final score
Each week we ask viewers for a score out of 10 for our pundits, we then average out the result to come up with a mark out of ten.
Alan Hansen scored… 5/10! It seems like the public are split on Hansen as the MOTD stalwart receives a bang on average score! The 55-year-old has slotted into third place on our leaderboard!
Next week: Andy Gray – We just know you guys are going to be up for this one!
Send us your view by commenting below or by tweeting us. Remember to add a score out of 10 for how impressive you think his punditry skills are!
1. Lee Dixon (BBC) – 7
2. Pat Nevin (Channel 5) – 5.25
3. Alan Hansen (BBC) – 5
4. Marcel Desailly (BBC/ITV) – 4.5
5. Andy Townsend (ITV) – 4
6. Jamie Redknapp (Sky) – 2.25