A football pundit receiving news that he’d been fired while he was on live TV has prompted the BBC to consider dismissing some of its other so-called experts. Brighton and Hove Albion announced that manager Gus Poyet’s contract had been terminated during the game between Uruguay and Tahiti televised on BBC3, where Mr Poyet was one of the studio guests. In a popular move, Poyet was then asked about the new development at half-time, thereby saving the viewing public from a tedious analysis of two offside decisions using slow motion replays from three different angles.
Instead, Mr Poyet spoke about the circumstances of his sacking and, despite his strong South American accent and not really saying anything of interest, was easier to understand and made more sense than Robbie Savage has ever managed. As a result, the BBC have been inundated with requests for a series of further firings. Alan Shearer may be the first of a series of panellists to go, closely followed by Mark Lawrenson in what some BBC insiders are calling ‘the bland leading the bland’.