As a player I was fortunate enough to play 380 games for Middlesbrough. After I retired from the game I ended up doing live commentary as a summariser for Century Radio. I clocked up 500 games watching Middlesbrough domestically and in Europe, FA Cup finals, Carling Cup finals, UEFA Cup finals and I loved every minute of it, not as good as playing football but a very close second.
In 2007 after ten consecutive years and winning a New York Radio Award for the show, we lost the commentary rights.
Locally there was an uproar. The radio and local papers received 1000’s of disgruntled views via emails and letters as did the football cub.
The balance of the match day commentary then was perfect, one would defend the team whatever and after a 5-0 thrashing I would tell the truth, but we both lost the job.
People speculated it was my fault for having such strong opinions. I would rather not have a job than be in a job where you’re saying what other people want you to say.
On the airwaves your the peoples eyes and if your not truthful as to what you are seeing you are conning the public.