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Is Gary Neville still the best football pundit in the UK?

There was a time when Gary Neville was regarded as one of the top football pundits on UK television

Best known for his work at Sky Sports, the former Manchester United and England right-back has gained plenty of plaudits for his impartiality and in-depth analysis over the years.

Following an ill-fated reign as Valencia manager, it was clear that Neville was better suited to punditry. However, there is a sense that the 48-year-old is becoming out of touch with modern-day football.

Assessing Gary Neville’s media career

Neville called time on his playing career at the end of the 2010-11 season, having made 600 appearances for Man Utd. Subsequently, he wasted no time in starting a career in the media. 

The ex-England defender – who earned 85 caps for his country – teamed up with Sky Sports ahead of the 2011-12 campaign, joining the Monday Night Football punditry panel. 

Since then, Neville has been a mainstay of the Sky Sports team, working as both a pundit and co-commentator. He has always been praised for his knowledge of the game, while his comedic connection with fellow pundit Jamie Carragher regularly entertains Sky viewers. 

Neville won the Royal Television Society award for best Sports Presenter, Commentator or Pundit in 2022, highlighting his standing within the industry. Still, he is not every football fan’s cup of tea.

Why Neville’s popularity could be waning

There is no denying that Neville has dished up plenty of bad punditry takes recently. For example, he questioned Lionel Messi at the start of the World Cup, only for Messi to fire Argentina to glory with seven goals and three assists in Qatar.

He also claimed that Arsenal – who currently sit eight points clear at the summit of the Premier League table – have no leaders, even though multiple Arsenal players have stepped up this season. 

On top of that, there seems to be a growing sentiment of distaste for him on social media. More and more people are beginning to question his views on football, while his political rants on Twitter continue to divide opinion.

Are Neville’s best punditry days behind him? 

Of course, it is difficult for television personalities to remain relevant, especially in this day and age. Football fans are always looking for the next popular pundit or commentator to provide fresh insight and analysis. 

While Neville still has a lot to offer, few would argue that his best punditry days are not behind him. After all, the 48-year-old has worked at Sky Sports for over a decade, and a lot has changed since his Sky debut back in 2011. 

With that in mind, it could be the right time to give a new wave of pundits and commentators the opportunity to take the sport in a different direction, giving up-and-coming football broadcasters the chance to modernise the industry. 

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