Sometimes, it’s tough to find a reason to hate Andy Gray. But 219% of the time, it’s no problem at all. This is one of those times.
Usually I focus on his primary school analysis of football tactics or famous Premiership weekend previews, or reviews, where he reads BBC match summaries out loud and passes them off as cutting insight. But as it’s an international break we’re spared such Grayisms as “Chelsea scored twice, which was good” and “West Ham beat Liverpool”, so Pardew will be happy but Benitez will be sad”.
But, of course, Andy Gray the Scot has had plenty to say about England’s prospects in this week’s Euro qualifiers.
I should point out first that Andy Gray appears to be picking up two paychecks for the price of one. His latest feature under the guise of “Britain’s Best Football Pundit” on F365 focuses on England’s potential use of 3-5-2 against Macedonia. Gray also has a column with Sky Sports, and this week chose to talk about…England’s potential use of 3-5-2 against Macedonia.
There are a couple of problems with this:
1) Gray gets two massive paychecks for the same work. Both of which are undeserved.
2) For some reason the two articles, and Gray’s opinion within them, are different.
Gray’s F365 column is titled “Why England’s 3-5-2 Formation Is A Mistake”.
His Sky Sports says “I’m not anti 3-5-2…” and “Personally, I don’t see anything wrong with trying it…”.
Fantastic. Not only is Gray a highly paid “pundit” whose opinions rival those of of a three-legged dog, but he can’t even stick to the same story when writing two articles about the same subject in the space of a week.
Now if you excuse me, I’m off to beat up some hobos.