It’s fair to say Phil Neville’s World Cup commentary debut wasn’t the success he might have hoped. The former Manchester United and England footballer’s turn on the mic for England’s opener against Italy has come under fire from fans unimpressed by his monotone style…
No wonder #ManUtd came 7th. Having Phil Neville in the dressing room must have been like having a death eater present. #EnglandvsItaly
But if Twitter does makes him want to sob into his hanky, at least he’s still got the Beeb on his side. “Phil is an important, well respected member of our team and will continue to play a key role throughout the tournament, both as a studio guest and match commentator,” said a BBC spokesperson.
And if that doesn’t cheer him up, poor Phil can take comfort in the support of his unlikely ally… Ricky Gervais.
The irony is, Phil Neville's commentary is the only thing making me smile. It's quite magical. Really listen. I love it now.