Dear Match of the Day,
I have been watching your programme for the best part of 25 years (apart from the 3 year blip when you lost the rights to ITV, glad you got that sorted out in the end) and I think it would be fair to say Match of the Day should be an impartial show (especially as it is funded by the public).
But last night the “punditry” of Alan Shearer reached a point where enough is enough. As well as pointing out the blatantly obvious on a regular basis, his “expert insights” make Robbie Savage and Jamie Redknapp seem like scholars of the beautiful game.
Yesterday, despite Arsenal having the best form in the Premier League since January 2013 and just convincingly beaten a rejuvenated Liverpool side to go 5 points clear, he failed to even acknowledge that Arsenal could win the league.
Now of course, everyone is entitled to their opinion but the obvious refusal to look at the facts that are right their in front of them is baffling. We are a quarter into the Premier League season and while there is a long way to go and teams like Chelsea, Manchester City, Liverpool and Manchester United could always close the gap, to still dismiss Arsenal as genuine title contenders is ridiculous.
There is a clear bias from his so-called “objective” views and his dismissal of Chelsea’s defeat to Newcastle United as “a bad day at the office” was unsurprising, as you can be sure if Arsenal lost 2-0 at St James’ Park he would be saying Arsenal lack the mental strength and ability to win when they’re not playing well.
Also, he is unprofessional, referring to his mates in the game as “Moyesy”. Even Jamie Redknapp, the weakest link at Sky Sports, is still professional enough to address managers with their actual names.
Match of the Day has been labelled a show that is dated and lacking ideas, and having Alan Shearer as a pundit is certainly one of the reasons why. Gary Lineker even acknowledged Arsenal’s impressive performances of late, labelled us “looking invincible”. Sky Sports have recruited Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville and together they are by far the most insightful, intelligent and often amusing football pundits in the country. They know what they are talking about, have fair and unbiased opinions and don’t churn out the same old dross week in and week out.
You’ve put Mark Lawrenson on the sidelines this season and it’s time to do the same with Shearer.
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