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Sky Sports confirm full new pundits list going forward following ‘auditions’

Sky Sports confirm full new pundits list going forward following ‘auditions’ taken place in the first half of the 2020/21 season.

It was just as summer was finishing and autumn had started when it was Sky’s decision not to renew the contracts of Matt Le Tissier, Charlie Nicholas, and Phil Thompson along with Scott Minto.

The news of that got a divided reaction on social media, with thousands tweeting in about the matter, some disappointed of losing their favourites and other pleased to see them go.

Since then, they have stuck to a plan to use a variety of studio guests alongside the likes of Jeff Stelling, Paul Merson and Chris Kamara on the show this season.

Presenters David Jones and Kelly Cates remain in their roles with pundits Gary Neville, Jamie Carragher, Graeme Souness and Jamie Redknapp.

They have confirmed Sue Smith, Clinton Morrison, Alan McInally and Glen Johnson will also be regulars on the panel with Ally McCoist and John Hartson as new additions.

But newer guests that have gone on to keep their role include Adebayo Akinfenwa, Tim Sherwood and Joleon Lescott.

Tony Pulis had been featured on around the beginning of the season, however left to manage Sheffield Wednesday, before losing it again, so could we be seeing him back on the Sky panel?

Robbie Fowler had been one of them, but he’s since gone on to become manager of East Bengal following hopes of being able to manage in England.

Patrice Evra, Roy Keane and Micah Richards are all handed regular roles after featuring last season.

Sky Sports had rotated the pundits on a weekly basis, Matt Murray still makes appearances, however Glenn Murray no longer features as he plays for Watford.

Musician Chunks has joined the Saturday Social team with Jimmy Bullard and Fenners still hosting Soccer AM.

Gabby Agbonlahor is another new addition that seems to have kept his role, causing controversy but also makes many a blunder and awkward predictions.

Writing in his column in The Mail, Chris Kamara said that he’s “gutted” not to be working with the trio again.

He said: “Obviously, I’m gutted, absolutely gutted. And I know they are. I’ve spoken to Thommo and Charlie and I’ve text Le Tiss… we were such a good team and it was all going well.

“Decisions were made, we don’t have any say in those. Whoever made (them) has done it and the boys accept it. I can honestly say they are the best fellas you could ever wish to meet. They are top-drawer and it’s been a great time to have worked with them over the past 15 years or so.

“We’ve already talked about meeting up and having a night out together, reminiscing about all the good and funny stuff we’ve gone through. We’ll just get together and go for a meal – I hope that happens… I know Jeff, Thommo and Charlie definitely want to make sure it happens.”

Fans have been left laughing at Gabby Agbonlahor’s fate-tempting analysis just before West Ham’s opener live on Monday night.

The former footballer was brought in by Sky Sports News to report on the game, which saw the Hammers go up to fifth in the Premier League table with a 2-1 win.

However when the first West Ham goal went in thanks to Angelo Ogbonna after just two minutes, viewers were left howling with laughter and took to mock Gabby Agbonlahor for bigging up Villa, only to be cut short so that he could report on the goal.

You can hear the presenter in the studio ask Gabby about the game, saying if he was ‘hoping for big things this evening’ for his former club Villa.

Gabby responds: ” Yeah I think they do, look it’s like I said earlier, they won…”

And that’s where he cuts his sentence short, before West Ham make it 1-0 and Gabby says disappointingly “Oh, and there’s a goal, West Ham.” A sudden contrast in mood there as you can see in the video above.

The 11 second clip of Gabby Agbonlahor’s fate-tempting analysis has gone on to be viewed over 150,000 times on Twitter alone, and received over 1,000 likes and hundreds of comments and retweets.

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