Friday, September 6th, 2013
With Alan Hansen set to walk into the sunset and away from the punditry sofa this summer, tributes and relief are flowing in almost equal measure.
While MOTD is appreciated and respected for what it has provided over the decades, there’s a common consensus out there that the programme has simply become outdated and way behind the times, as Sky speed ahead with ultra-modern digital props and the youngest, hippest pundits.
What’s more, many feel Hansen personified the staleness, and are glad they won’t have to put up with his bland generic analysis of a Saturday evening any more.
Barney Ronay has written a typically droll and edgy column in the Guardian today, and while it skids close to the edge in terms of barbed criticism, it’s more or less on the money.
Match of the Day host Gary Lineker seems to have been upset by the tenor of the piece, however, and tweeted Ronay as to why he doesn’t suggest anything better instead of ‘spouting his customary bile’?
Linker’s precious reaction and silly criticism of arguably the best football writer around, sadly, proves his point.
@barneyronay Rather than spout your customary bile, why don't you suggest how you would change a programme that remains hugely popular?
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) September 6, 2013
@GaryLineker doesn't need changing it's fine. But while you're on – you're nicely waspish on here. I'd ask to see a bit of that on the tv
— Barney Ronay (@barneyronay) September 6, 2013