Rate the Pundit – Andy Gray
Pundit: Andy Gray
Role: Andy is a pundit and co-commentator for Sky Sports.
“Take a bow son,” is his catchphrase – but does he actually know what he’s talking about?
Well, he tries his best. Andy Gray is now famed for using what Ron Atkinson once called as “silly machines” in a studio, drawing colourful shapes and arrows. Gray certainly divides opinion. There are those who feel he is extremely knowledgeable about the tactical side of the game. While there are others who genuinely believe he doesn’t have a clue.
We’ll let you make up your own minds on this one though, here’s a video of Andy Gray post England’s World Cup exit. Tipping Alan Shearer or David Beckham as the next England manager. Expert? Or nutcase?
Of course Gray likes to have his say in the commentary box as well and has formed a distinguished double act with Martin Tyler over the years. In fact, it’s almost impossible to get away from them nowadays. If it’s not the big match on the TV, it’s the “Tevez, with his bulldog-like approach” on computer games.
Gray definitely makes himself heard though and has often gone into a state of mass-hysteria if he’s seen a goal he really likes. Take Steven Gerrard’s strike against Olympiakos in 2005, the piece of commentary is almost as famous as the goal. Evertonians weren”t best pleased, mind.
We asked for your views on Andy as a pundit. Here is a sample of what you lovely people came up with…
Darryl_THFC: “Andy Gray for me, is one of Sky’s better pundits but does go on a bit.”
paulharper82: “Andy Gray’s a bit annoying but I think he & Martin Tyler make a good comms team. I rarely agree with his views though.”
marksporter: “Andy Gray is like marmite you love him or hate him.”
trouble_at_mill: “He’s a complete moron.”
bradley08: “Fantastic commentator. Him and Tyler are top notch.”
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.
Andy Gray scored… 4.8/10! We can tell you, as expected, Gray very much divided our reader’s opinions so the average score worked out to nearly midway! The former striker sneaks into fourth spot on our leaderboard!
Next week: Gareth Southgate – relatively new to the punditry stakes, does the former England defender sink or swim? Send us your views 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. Andy Gray (Sky) – 4.8
5. Marcel Desailly (BBC/ITV) – 4.5
6. Andy Townsend (ITV) – 4
7. Jamie Redknapp (Sky) – 2.25
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