Roy Keane - The Football Pundit
Roy Keane famously said of pundits "I wouldn't trust them to walk my dog.” It raises a question about what punditry/commentary is for at all.
What is striking about UK commentary (Keane apart) was the apparently desperate bid to achieve consensus amongst the pundits so that there's an agreed line on what had just transpired on the pitch.
By contrast, the Irish panels are often a set of dissenting positions - most notably Dunphy but even occasionally between Giles and Brady - which is attractive televisually because it creates a frisson of tension.
Keane single-handedly (in part because of his well-established abrasive public persona) brought tension to ITV's coverage - and effectively became Chief Pundit in 2012 as a consequence.
That appointment is all the more remarkable given his manifest unwillingness to play the role of the quiescent participant.
Keane, at times, seemed to be addressing the panel from a - slightly - parallel universe, almost as if he was in another studio and generally adopted a much more critical perspective than the others.
In studio to discuss the Keane phenomenon is Dr Roddy Flynn, Lecturer in the School of Communications, DCU.