Fear And Loathing On The ITV Panel

Fear And Loathing On The ITV Panel

There are times when you are cemented to your seat at the end of a high tempered game of dramatic decisions and indecision, usually it's because Dunphy is about to appear on RTE and talk about the end of modern football, the Greek tragedy in Montrose often delivers. Last night it was ITV we fled to, as we waited with breath untaken to see what Roy Keane had to say. The ITV panel consists of two BBC rejects in Dixon and the other guy, but it's the uneven ground that Roy Keane shares with Gareth Southgate that is so incredibly stressful to watch, yet so hard to turn off.

Last night Roy took the side of the ref and spoke of his past red card offences as if he had never argued with an official in his life, Southgate took another road and disagreed. But it was not the opinion that will stick long in the memory but the way he delivered it, avoiding at all costs the direct dark stare of Roy. Southgate for a while took on the appearance of a man in need of assistance from one of Roy's old fighting blindness canine pals. I wonder what has Southgate so shaken..

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