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post Jul 14 2020, 03:29 PM
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Clive Tyldesley says he has been left “upset, annoyed and baffled” after being replaced in his role as ITV’s lead commentator after 22 years.

In an emotional video message posted on social media, Tyldesley insisted he did not know why the decision was taken and claimed he had been sacked from the role.

Tyldesley has accepted a role as ITV’s No 2 commentator, with Sam Matterface taking over as lead commentator on England matches for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers.

“I’m being replaced as ITV’s senior football commentator,” Tyldesley said. “To be clear,

this is ITV’s decision – not mine – and I am upset, annoyed, baffled.

“I’ve had broadcasters asking if I have any health issues, no I have got no health issues. I gather one or two sites are reporting that I have been sacked. Well I guess I have … from one job, but I’ve done nothing wrong.

“I’m the same person I’ve always been. Like me or hate you’re entitled to do either. Like everyone else in football I’m a matter of opinion, I totally get that. I totally respect ITV’s right to change their opinion of me.

“But, let me make it quite clear – I have not stepped down, I have been moved aside. I’m just going to miss the England games so much, even more than I’ll miss the Champions League games and that is all.”

ITV announced on Tuesday morning that Tyldesley would no longer be the main voice of their football coverage from the start of next season.

Joining ITV from the BBC in 1996, Tyldesley became their top commentator after the 1998 World Cup. He covered every international tournament since and noted that he had been due to commentate on the European Championship final last weekend, until it was postponed because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The voice behind any number of great international moments, Tyldesley was also synonymous with the Champions League. Thanks to ITV’s long-standing relationship with the competition he provided the words to go with Liverpool’s miracle in Istanbul, Didier Drogba’s header for Chelsea against Bayern Munich and, most famously, “that night in Barcelona” when Manchester United won the Champions League to complete the treble in 1999
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What do you make of this decision from ITV?
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post Jul 14 2020, 06:51 PM
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Is it to do with his age? What age is he?
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post Jul 14 2020, 07:13 PM
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QUOTE(Steve201 @ Jul 14 2020, 07:51 PM) *
Is it to do with his age? What age is he?

He is 65.
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I think he's pretty awful. OTOH, Sam Matterface, his replacement, is far worse.
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QUOTE(Mack. @ Jul 14 2020, 08:13 PM) *
He is 65.


Not that old then in respect of not being able to do a job like that. Pretty sure Martin Tyler is a few years older and I still enjoy his comentary. Always thought Tyler was a United fan but think that was just my own bias.
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He's still got a job when the FA Cup comes back to ITV in 2021/22. I assume he would commentate on at least one of the televised matches.
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post Jul 14 2020, 08:35 PM
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How long did Itvs previous no1 commentator stay for - was it Brian Moore was his name?
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post Jul 14 2020, 08:38 PM
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How long did Itvs previous no1 commentator stay for - was it Brian Moore was his name?

Yes it was Brian Moore. He retired in 1998 after the World Cup. He stayed on ITV for 30 years. He passed away on the day England beat Germany 5-1.
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QUOTE(Steve201 @ Jul 14 2020, 09:26 PM) *
Not that old then in respect of not being able to do a job like that. Pretty sure Martin Tyler is a few years older and I still enjoy his comentary. Always thought Tyler was a United fan but think that was just my own bias.


Tyldesley is a Man Utd fan.
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Yes it was Brian Moore. He retired in 1998 after the World Cup. He stayed on ITV for 30 years. He passed away on the day England beat Germany 5-1.


Brian Moore was a Gillingham fan.

Gillingham's fanzine was named after a Half Man Half Biscuit song lyric from a song called Dickie Davies' eyes.

It was called "Brian Moore's head looks uncannily like London Planetarium" or BMH for short.
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post Jul 15 2020, 12:12 PM
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QUOTE(mick745 @ Jul 15 2020, 11:48 AM) *
Tyldesley is a Man Utd fan.


Thought so lol.

Whos Tyler's team?
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QUOTE(Steve201 @ Jul 15 2020, 01:12 PM) *
Thought so lol.

Whos Tyler's team?

Liverpool
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QUOTE(Houdini @ Jul 15 2020, 01:52 PM) *
Liverpool


Absolutely not, he's 100% a Man Utd fan laugh.gif
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I wouldn't know for sure but he always sounds very unenthusiastic whenever Liverpool score laugh.gif

Plus who could ever forget his commentary for the Martial goal vs Liverpool especially when compared with Benteke's a few mins earlier.
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QUOTE(Dobbo @ Jul 15 2020, 03:35 PM) *
I wouldn't know for sure but he always sounds very unenthusiastic whenever Liverpool score laugh.gif

Plus who could ever forget his commentary for the Martial goal vs Liverpool especially when compared with Benteke's a few mins earlier.


I think that's what started off the whole debate laugh.gif I remember that like yesterday, Benteke scores a worldie overhead kick, then Martial scores a good goal and Tyler waxes lyrically.

For what it's worth I don't think Tyler supports a certain team, I just think he is "influenced" to follow certain narratives which seems to happen a fair amount on Sky.
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Martin Tyler is a Woking supporter.
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post Jul 15 2020, 05:23 PM
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QUOTE(Rooney @ Jul 15 2020, 01:55 PM) *
Absolutely not, he's 100% a Man Utd fan laugh.gif


Think Houdini is being sarcastic there!

You could especially hear the pain in his voice at OT this season when Lallana equaliser.
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QUOTE(Suedehead2 @ Jul 15 2020, 05:06 PM) *
Martin Tyler is a Woking supporter.


I did hear that somewhere else tbf
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QUOTE(Rooney @ Jul 15 2020, 01:55 PM) *
Absolutely not, he's 100% a Man Utd fan laugh.gif

Yeah I was kidding laugh.gif


He sounded very happy when Aguero scored the last minute goal for Man City to take the title away from Man Utd so that must rule him out of being a United supporter laugh.gif, his apparent dislike for Liverpool is quite amusing though, his tone of voice when Liverpool lift the Premier League trophy will probably be more subdued than previous trophy ceremonies.
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