Legendary commentator John Motson to retire from his job at BBC to find another job

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    horsechoker Sailor vee, this is a right off.

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    http://www.bbc.com/sport/football/41159991

    Legendary commentator John Motson will call time on his BBC career aged 72 after the conclusion of the current football season.

    The broadcaster, popularly known as 'Motty', is in his 50th consecutive year with the corporation.

    He covered 10 World Cups, 10 European Championships, 29 FA Cup finals and more than 200 England games.

    "I've absolutely loved my time commentating for BBC Sport," said Motson.
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    12OunceEpilogue Full Member

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    Fair play Motty, 50 years is a fine stint. The thought of having to watch more than 200 England games brings me out in hives, so fair play for that too.

    His best moment on MotD was this for me:

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    I Believe everything Nigel Farage told me

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    He always sounded as though he has too!
    If ever the phrase 'seen it all' applied to anyone, in terms of football, it applies to Motty. Over the years he has frequently been the butt of many jokes especially his famous sheepskin coat, but I can hardly recall a time when he has been accused of bias towards or against any club. Of course he had his favourites amongst clubs and players, always thought Peter Osgood was one, but it was hard to detect, that's what made him such a good commentator and why he's lasted so long.
    Well done Motty, enjoy your retirement, from the BBC!
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    Sied I..erm..love U2, baby?

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    Shame :( He's been the voice of football all my life.
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    duffer Sensible and not a complete jerk like most oppo's Scout

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    He's not retiring, he's leaving the BBC. He'll end up on Sky or BT sport.

    "I'm hoping to keep my association with football and with broadcasting - I'm not retiring from everything, I'm retiring from the BBC," he said.
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    Lay Correctly predicted Portugal to win Euro 2016

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    Said his biggest regret was not commentating on the 1999 Champions League final.

    He's never done a champions league game so he will probably head to BT.
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    horsechoker Sailor vee, this is a right off.

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    If he puts Hargreaves, Hoddle and Savage out of a job, I'll be happy
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    jderbyshire Full Member

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    So basically, he's being sacked.
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    nokillingmoths Full Member

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    Sorry to buck the trend but not been a fan for years. Hes quite often given the shit games on motd as well these days.
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    He's not very good at it anymore. He's always a bit behind the play and struggles to identify the players now. He was great in his heyday though.
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    I Believe everything Nigel Farage told me

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    He could well do that, his expertise though is almost a fussy kind of professionalism that reflects not what players think or say, but what fans are actually watching. It strikes me that one of Motty's strengths was to reflect on what the spectator was actually seeing as opposed to what the players (according to the pundits) should actually be doing.
    Whether that change of emphasis will suit todays Sky/BT viewers we will have to wait and see, if that is where he finishes up. I think I'm right in saying Motty was one of the first football commentators to introduce the concept of personal player stats into his broadcast pieces, long before the magic lantern type displays which now adorn the pundits lair!
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    2cents Full Member

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    He's been awful for a long time now, always seems about 15 seconds behind the play, and if there's any kind of goalmouth scramble forget about it. It's even worse when you consider many of his MOTD commentaries are blatantly recorded to the highlights post-match.
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    rotherham_red Full Member

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    About 10 years too late. He's been like the senile old uncle on the mic for far too long and his presence on MOTD reeked of sentimentality rather than competence.

    He was good up to the late 90s/early noughties but has been poor ever since.
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    Kentonio Full Member

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    Same. I hate it when the voices you've grown up with commentating move on.
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    Randall Flagg Worst of the best

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    saw his name a couple of times on twitter and feared the worst.

    But thankfully its a deserved retirement

    IMO the greatest commentator of all time
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    12OunceEpilogue Full Member

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    Burning your replica sheepskin jackets lads?

    For what it's worth I agree you have a point, but I think he deservedly got a pass for his indifferent commentary because of his legendary status. I doubt anyone (except maybe the more tapped Bluemooners) tune in or out of MotD depending on what the commentators say so really Motty was just providing that nice bit of familiarity.
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    Pretty much this.
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    SkeppyRed Lineups Game Winner 2012/13

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    I can't stand him. When I was a kid he was legendary on MOTD but as I got older I realised he was just another bitter ABU twat.

    Listening to him here is an example;

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    Judas Open to offers

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    He should have called it quits ten years ago, he's been in decline for a very long time. Awful commentator, the pathetic little chuckle he does all the time, painful to listen to.
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    Xaviesta Full Member

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    Having listened to his audio book, his portfolio of major matches for the BBC reads something like this: 29 FA Cup Finals (5 replays), 8 World Cup Finals and i think 8 European Championship Finals. That will be hard to match let alone beat.
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    OnlyTwoDaSilvas Gullible

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    I can't remember the last time I heard him commentate a game I watched live. I haven't properly watched MotD for ages.

    His voice was all over football when I was a kid though, as well as those early FIFA games on the PS1. His voice is synonymous with football, even if you've not heard it for a long time. Him and Barry Davies had the perfect voices for the job. Iconic, even. Commentators seem a bit to erratic these days in comparison, and overloaded with co-commentators.
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    Starkie_1 Full Member

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    About 15 years too late, and even then he was a horrendous commentator
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    I think he 'retired' from live commentary, and just did the odd MOTD game.

    I'm not sure where he will go from the BBC though, if he doesn't want to do live games
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    Sunny Jim Full Member

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    For me he has been the voice of English football. Along with Andy Grey.
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    QuackQuack Handy with candles and exhausts

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    This. I sometimes mute my tv because I can't stand the shit commentary.
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    Big Andy Is really a midget

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    As long as it doesn't mean more of that blokey sounding woman commentator on BBC...
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    SteveJ all-round nice guy, aka Uncle Joe Kardashian Scout

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    Yeah, he retired from live games years ago - but reappeared on MOTD.

    Which seemed odd to me, why stop doing live games only then to commentate for MOTD? Although I'm fairly certain the BBC have pulled broadcasters in just to comment on the highlights and not be at the game in person. As in, they're in a recording studio and commentating on highlights. Sneaky.
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    BarstoolProphet Full Member

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    My best memory of him: "Oh, he's floated one over David James. That's absolutely marvellous" when Rooney scored with a chip against Pompey.

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    Mciahel Goodman Worst Werewolf Player of All Times Staff

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    The game moved on. He was great for a few decades but past his expiry date for years now.
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    Big Andy Is really a midget

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    That goal was the reason he tried to replicate it about 300 times in the rest of his career...
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    "There's a lot of questions all in one there, John...sound of your voice, you're just about getting them out..."


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    Bojan11 Full Member

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    They are all pundits though. Motson isn't.
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    Stobzilla Official Team Perv

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    What are you hearing there that I'm apparently not ?
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    Lay Correctly predicted Portugal to win Euro 2016

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    Was thinking the same :lol: not sure what was ABU in that
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    Offside Euro 2016 sweepstake winner

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    He hasn't done live matches for nearly 10 years so I can't see that.
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    SkeppyRed Lineups Game Winner 2012/13

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    :lol: 'Thought this was a Chelsea song', 'not just a one trick pony' not to mention claiming Solskjaer scored when it was obviously Scholes. The digs are sly but they are there guys. Lawrenson on co-comm didn't help either tbf.
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    Boycott Full Member

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    You're looking for something that isn't there
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    Boycott Full Member

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    I've always enjoyed Motson from the days of crowding around the radio for live commentary. Co-commentators didn't become the norm for a long while in his career so his communication skills were honed and far superior to the matey chatter that goes on now.
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    Eboue nasty little twerp with crazy bitter-man opinions

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