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With 128 Premier League games during the 2023/24 season, Sky Sports are the United Kingdom’s primary football broadcaster.
Watching a game and wondering who that face you recognise is? Want to know the career of that recognisable voice on commentary? Well, here’s everything you need to know about the Sky Sports punditry team and the channels commentators, presenters, reporters and more.
- 0.1 Sky Sports pundits: Which ex-footballers are working on TV?
- 1 Sky Sports presenters
- 2 Sky Sports reporters
- 3 Sky Sports commentators
- 3.1 Peter Drury: Replacement for Martin Tyler
- 3.2 Bill Leslie
- 3.3 Seb Hutchinson (commentator)
- 3.4 Gary Taphouse
- 3.5 Ian Crocker
- 3.6 Martin Tyler
- 3.7 Sky Sports female presenters
Sky Sports pundits: Which ex-footballers are working on TV?
Six-time Premier League winner and former-Manchester United captain Gary Neville joined Sky Sports upon his 2011 retirement. He took over as analyst on Monday Night Football from Andy Gray and, over a couple of years, helped revolutionise the show, bringing a level of detailed analysis not previously seen. Fans loved it.
Since, Neville has created a media empire. He serves as co-commentator for Sky Sports, often on Manchester United games, but others as well, and has launched his own YouTube channel, The Overlap. Now going on major podcast tours across the country, The Overlap is one of the most popular football channels in the United Kingdom.
Neville is also co-owner of League Two club Salford City and has several property developments.
Carragher joined Sky Sports upon his retirement in 2013, featuring on Monday Night Football alongside Gary Neville. The pair’s relationship developed rapidly and became the absolute centre to Sky Sports’ football coverage, something which has changed little in the decade since.
Carragher and Neville, who used to go at each other in Liverpool vs Manchester United games, both brought detailed analysis and insights from their playing career.
Carragher is now a regular co-commentator, the key pundit on Monday Night Football, a pundit on Super Sunday and works with CBS Sports for UEFA Champions League fixtures, too.
The former-Liverpool, Spurs and Southampton played joined Sky Sports at the same time as Neville, in 2011. He is a regular pundit and occasional co-commentator.
Redknapp also works on the Sky show A League of Their Own as a team captain.
One of the busiest men in football, Micah Richards seems to be everywhere these days. He’s a regular on BBC Radio, BBC TV, Sky Sports, CBS Sports and elsewhere.
Richards played for Manchester City, Fiorentina and Aston Villa and was capped 15 times for England.
His high-energy style has drawn much praise (and some criticism from others) and his relationship with traditional hardman Roy Keane has provided some brilliant moments.
A seven-time Premier League title winner and former-Ireland captain, Roy Keane is probably the best ex-player to feature on Sky Sports. He is known for his high standards and scything criticisms, particularly of Manchester United and Arsenal players.
He joined Sky Sports in September 2019 having appeared semi-regularly on ITV Sport. He is now a part of Gary Neville’s ‘Stick To Football’ podcast on The Overlap.
Keane’s relationship with the younger Micah Richards has created some memorable moments.
Roy Keane and Michards funniest moments
A legend of women’s football, Carney represented Arsenal and Chelsea and is a Champions League winner. She played 144 times for England.
Carney joined Sky Sports in 2019 and has been a regular since, working on Premier League matches and coverage of the Women’s Super League. She also appears on Amazon Prime.
One of the newer additions to the Sky Sports’ roster, Christiansen recently hung up her boots for Everton. She has regularly appeared on BBC Radio 5Live and BBC Sport and now covers WSL and Premier League games for Sky Sports, sometimes as a co-commentator as well as a pundit.
Christiansen made 31 appearances for England in a career which began at Manchester United and Everton before long spells at Birmingham City and Manchester City and shorter stints at Lyon and back at Everton.
A two-time UEFA Champions League winner, Daniel Sturridge has come in with a unique personality, shaking up the Sky Sports punditry team again. Roy Keane has given the ex-Chelsea and Liverpool man a couple of stern glances.
Sturridge is bubbly and, with a slightly different vocabularly, brings some fantastic insight, particularly into forward play. He joined Sky Sports ahead of the 2023/24 season.
Other semi-regular pundits on Sky Sports include:
- Michael Dawson
- Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink
- Paul Merson
- Theo Walcott
Sky Sports presenters
Dave Jones is the main presenter on Sky Sports, regularly fronting the coverage for Super Sunday and hosting Monday Night Football.
Jones joined Sky Sports in February 2003 having previously worked for Premiership Plus and the Derbyshire Times. He took over as Sky’s main presenter upon the departure of Ed Chamberlin, who moved to ITV to host their horse-racing coverage.
Prior to becoming main presenter, Jones hosted Football League coverage, the new Saturday Night Football show and the Footballers’ Football Show.
Who does David Jones Sky Sports support?
Jones is a supporter of Sunderland AFC and is a non-executive director at the Stadium of Light. He had previously served as a non-executive director of Oxford United from 2015.
Glasgow-born Kelly Cates is a key presenter for Sky Sports, regularly hosting their coverage of major Premier League fixtures.
Cates is the daughter of Liverpool legend Sir Kenny Dalglish who began her career in sports media with Sky Sports News before stints at Virgin Media, Setanta, ESPN and ITV.
Cates has also been a leading presenter on talkSPORT and BBC Radio 5Live, for whom she hosted the coverage of the 2022 FIFA World Cup final.
Sky Sports reporters
Geoff Shreeves has been the main reporter at Sky Sports for an incredible 31 years, joining the channel in 1992 at the launch of the Premier League.
Shreeves began his media career in the United States before returning to the UK to work with Sky.
He wasn’t initially a reporter for Sky Sports, but began working in that capacity in 1999.
Shreeves also provided voice-overs for the FIFA video game franchise, with injury updates like “I think he’ll carry on; he’s a tough cookie!” becoming iconic.
Touchline reporter Patrick Davison has become a regular on Sky Sports over the last couple of years, conducting some of the channels’ most interesting and high-profile interviews.
He worked as a Football League reporter from 2008-2011 before moving onto the Premier League coverage from 2011. Prior to that, Davison had worked as an editorial assistant at Sky Sports News.
Emma Saunders Sky Sports
Emma Saunders made her name reporting for BBC Radio 5Live during Euro 2020 before playing a crucial role in the radio station’s Women’s Euro 2022 and Men’s World Cup 2022 coverage.
She has now become a reporter on Sky Sports’ ‘Super Sunday’, working on their Premier League, EFL and Women’s Super League coverage.
Sky Sports commentators
Peter Drury: Replacement for Martin Tyler
Peter Drury biography
Born in 1967, Peter Drury worked for ITV Sport between 1998 and 2013 before becoming a freelance commentator, primarily working for Premier League Productions on international coverage and with CBS Sports and BT Sport on UEFA Champions League game. He replaced Martin Tyler as Sky Sports’ primary commentator in summer 2023.
Peter Drury best commentary and famous quotes
Most football fans will have seen and heard the Peter Drury Ronaldo commentary. It has 1.7 million views on the official DAZN Canada YouTube alone, and is searched for on Google thousands of times every month, still, a couple of years on.
It is one of Peter Drury’s most famous pieces of commentary.
Peter Drury Ronaldo commentary
Here’s what Drury said as Ronaldo made his first appearance of his second spell at Old Trafford.
“It is Ronaldo. Manchester United. The Theatre is living its dream.
“Madeira, Manchester, Madrid, Turin & Manchester again. Wreathed in Red. Restored to this great gallery of the game.
“A walking work of art. Vintage, beyond valuation, beyond forgery or imitation, eighteen years since that trembling teenager of touch and tease first tiptoed on to the historic stage, now in his immaculate maturity, now CR7 reunited.”
Peter Drury South Africa commentary
But there have been plenty of other famous Peter Drury moments. His most iconic moment is probably at the 2010 World Cup when his voice and his selection of words became imprinted on a generation of children across the world.
These were his words: “It’s Tshabalala… Goal Bafana Bafana! Goal for South Africa! Goal for all Africa! Jambulila, rejoice! Bafana Bafana have popped the first cork of their day of days!”
Peter Drury Manolas commentary
A final one, AS Roma vs Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League. A last-minute header to win the tie on aggregate in the most extraordinary of circumstances. Drury stepped up to the plate.
“Roma have risen from their ruins! Manolas, the Greek God in Rome! The unthinkable unfolds before our eyes!
“This was not meant to happen, this could not happen – this is happening!”
London-born in 1971, Bill Leslie began, like many commentators, on the capital’s radio station, Capital Gold. He worked as a footballer reporter and commentator, taking the station’s lead commentary role after his predecessor Jonathan Pearce joined the BBC in 2002. Leslie moved into television commentary with Channel Five and joined Sky in 2003, working on UEFA Champions League games initially.
In 2006, Leslie became the main commentator for Sky Sports’ coverage of the English Football League. During this time, he often commentated on Premier League games too, first doing so for the 2004/05 fixture between Birmingham City and Aston Villa.
Leslie remains regularly heard on Sky Sports, covering the Premier League, EFL Championship and international fixtures.
Seb Hutchinson (commentator)
Seb Hutchinson is a Sky Sports commentator covering games across the Premier League, English Football League and Women’s Super League. He also works for ITV, who he commentated for during the 2022 FIFA Men’s World Cup and 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Previously, he had worked on the ITV team at Euro 2020.
Gary Taphouse has worked for Sky Sports since 2005 and will be a familiar voice to all watchers of the Premier League, English Football League and Women’s Super League. Gary is also a very friendly face on Twitter, where he shares insights into football commentary and jobs in sports media.
Ian Crocker has been part of the Sky Sports channel on and off for some years, but currently leads their Scottish football coverage.
Martin Tyler was Sky Sports’ main commentator from the very first Premier League season back in 1992/92 until he left the brand in the summer of 2023. Prior to that, he had commentated for ITV throughout the 1970s and 1980s.
His voice is known worldwide through the FIFA games, which he voiced from 2005 until 2009.
Who does Martin Tyler work for now?
Tyler has not retired. He still commentates for Premier League Productions, who produce and broadcast matches for the Premier League’s international broadcast partners.
Who does Martin Tyler support?
Martin Tyler has supported Woking from a young age. He even worked as a coach with the National League coach from 2018 until 2022.
Sky Sports female presenters
We’ve already profiled the fantastic Kelly Cates and Emma Saunders. There are also many talented women working on Sky Sports News, including Alison Bender, Hayley McQueen, Emma Paton, Jo Wilson, Katie Shanahan and Olivia Buzaglo.
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