There was no way I was getting through today without first commenting on The Village Idiot and his ridiculous references on Sky today to Celtic’s budget. Everything this blog has written about his basic lack of professionalism and talent was on full display.
Unprofessionalism is a big thing for this guy.
Yesterday, on Viaplay, they had Brian Laudrup on with Martin O’Neill and Michael Stewart.
Laudrup gave an honest and fair assessment of the game, as they all did. All three were a credit to themselves, and they spoke intelligently about the match and the events in it. Laudrup acted like a pro.
Consider that and then The Village Idiot’s bitter snark last weekend after his favourite club had been beaten by Aberdeen, the one about thinking their season tickets were only valid for 85 minutes of the game, or whatever the Hell it was.
That was a needless, petty, spiteful remark which his bosses should have given him a dig for. Absolutely lacking in class. Absolutely lacking in professional standards, like his notorious eating of pizza during a live segment on their results show.
The man has no discernible skill whatsoever in front of the camera.
His smirk is that of a guy way too chuffed with himself, and with no reason to be except that he convinced some mug in a massive broadcasting company to give him a job.
How he managed that I will never know, but it’s no longer really important. Someone has to justify that to the bean-counters and if all involved are happy with it, well it’s their money to piss away.
Today he used the platform they afford him to talk utter garbage. To raise, again, the spectre of our spending. Upon being asked if his club, with their budget, should be winning more he used our spending as an excuse … and then said it would be wrong to do that. This is what he gives them. This is what he provides for his wages.
Just read this absolute gibberish. “You can point to budgets; if that is the case then the way the season has panned out is the correct one. Celtic have got by far the biggest budget in the country. I mean, Ange Postecoglou has spent a fortune to a man to get the team he has assembled. So, Celtic have the biggest budget, but that doesn’t mean to say you can’t beat Celtic. I think you start looking for excuses when you start going after budgets. Rangers, if you go back to winning the league, the recruitment has been way off it. There are no other words.”
Jesus. I suspect that was more painful to listen to than it was to read, and it was pretty painful to read that. “There are no other words” is not a sentence you ever want to hear come out of an analyst’s mouth.
“I’m too stupid to think of anything to say,” is basically what that screams at you. People in that job are supposed to be coherent, insightful and intelligent … you could get brain damage trying to follow this guy’s random logic.
His lack of focus in his interview was painful.
He is clearly as thick as a concrete milkshake, and it presents an horrific image of Sky Sports Scotland when this mumbling, stumbling idiot is allowed on the air to advertise his lack of skill in the job.
Don’t get me wrong, he’s obviously in great psychic pain and that alone might be worth some people tuning in for.
It veers on torture porn at times watching him squirm his way through broadcasts when his team have been beat … yet I can’t stomach him. I can’t stomach the dumbing down of our game that he represents.