In just over a week the Premier League will be back, while the football on the pitch is great of course a lot of time is spent in the studio, We have a look at five of our favourite pundits.
Empowered by his days on RTE, the Liverpool great is one of the more no nonsense pundits on British Television. Souness is not one for hype, unlike his paymasters. Not overly impressed by the modern footballer, Souness cut short his career in management and moved into the studio for an easier life. Although having to endure the likes of Glenn Hoddle and Jamie Redknapp might not been seen as easy. Here we see Souness' utter disdain for Carlos Tevez, who epitomises the modern footballer.
ITV remains the punditry home for the former Manchester captain. Keane who joined the station in 2011 declared in 2008 he would only consider being a pundit "if I fall on hard times" At that point his only punditry experience was with Sky "You're sitting there with people like Richard Keys and they're trying to sell something that's not there. My advice to anyone is don't listen to the experts, Just watch the game and gather your own opinions." Not really what you should be saying if you are indeed a pundit. Here he is once again dividing his public.
Signing Up Gary Neville to replace Andy Gray in 2011 was a master stroke by Sky Sports, he has quickly become the number one pundit on British football. Never short of an opinion as a player, Red Nev has made the transition from gobby Manchester United mouthpiece to considered pundit look seamless. The revamped Monday Night Football is now a joy to watch.
The young buck of the RTE studios has been a welcomed addition to the more experienced pundits on the RTE panel. The former Millwall striker is not afraid to get his opinion across, especially when it comes to Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni, as Liam Brady found out.
Monday night Football is breaking with tradition this season by adding a second pundit on a permanent basis. Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher will join former Manchester United Captain Gary Neville in the Sky Sports studio. Which should result in some absorbing viewing especially when their old clubs meet. Sky will probably be keeping their new recruit away from reporter Andy Burton.