Stan Collymore wrote a TwitLonger screed about snobs in the football punditry game. The money quote:
Ive noticed a massive increase of these snobs,whose major selling point is usually a degree of some sort,and an opinion which barely disguises an inbuilt hatred of former professional footballers who have turned to broadcasting .
Why? Well for me its simple.A degree in journalism gives them the belief that their hard University work and study should somehow put them automatically in the front of the line for a plum job in whichever industry they choose.And in football,the number who think this way is increasing.
Now I’m not going to be a dick and cover this thing with a bunch of ‘sic”s or whatever because Collymore doesn’t make his money from writing so steady on, football snobs.
As to his general point: I agree, in part, that punditry is fundamentally about how good you are at your job. But I think Collymore is burning a straw man when he attacks careerist hipster, nouveau smart arse journalists with a grandiose sense of entitlement.
Because most of those non-existent “snobs” who dislike Alan Shearer or Alan Hansen (what’s with the Alans?) adore Gary Neville who has the remarkable habit of taking his job very seriously, and doing it very well. And not only that, doing it in a way that relies on his playing experience.
Collymore is also stuck in 1985 when he claims that football is still rooted in the world class community. Football and the Premier League is now a global concern. This has led to a renaissance in football writing online, writing about statistics, history, art, science, politics, and yes—Burkina Faso v Equatorial Guinea.
On the Internet, no one knows you’re a dog, or at least no one knows or generally cares if you’re a former player. They do however care if you’re good at what you do (peruse the comment section on this site if you don’t believe me). All some of us are asking for is a little more quality on the TV/Radio side of things.
Stan clearly thinks working class people want bad, pedestrian football commentary. In other words, he thinks working class people are stupid about football and therefore need to be protected from anything beyond an assortment of lazy cliches spoken through the guffaws of people paid hundreds of thousands of pounds to not know why Joe Allen holds the ball instead of passing it like a mad horse. Until TV punditry reflects the ideal Collymore holds to these nouveau smart arse journalists, he should cease his wailing over how they’re taking our jeeeerrrbbbs!