Clive Tyldesley ‘can’t fathom the urge for younger commentators’ as he admits it will be ‘strange’ not to work on England matches at the euro … but insists he can accept being replaced as ITVs No. 1 by Sam Matterface
Clive Tyldesley, for so long the familiar voice has given color to England’s triumphs, and more often heartbreak, has admitted it will be strange to break free from the Three Lions this summer.
Last year, the 67-year-old commentator was demoted by ITV in favor of 42-year-old Sam Matterface, who will chair England’s European Championship matches.
It looked like Tyldesley was going to walk away, so hurt by the demotion that he shared an emotional video about it online saying he was ‘upset, annoyed and baffled’.
Clive Tyldesley will still be commenting for ITV, just not for England games this summer
The veteran commentator admits that it will be ‘strange’ not to work on the England games
But he decided to stay on and said it Telegraph: ‘I could have stormed out, but I thought: no, I would like to comment on France versus Italy.
‘No more England, so it’s going to be a somewhat strange thing. Once the decision has been made, take it in, realize that this is not the end of the world. It’s nice if you are missed a bit. ‘
Tyldesley doesn’t feel bad about his replacement, Matterface, but can’t understand the general trend of broadcasters to replace their experienced operators with young blood.
‘I don’t think that’s why ITV replaced me with a younger man, I think they replaced me with a different kind of commentator,’ he added.
Sam Matterface (right) will be ITV’s lead commentator for the European Championship
“And although I was shocked by the decision and disagreed with it, I can accept it because Sam reacts differently.”
But when I hear that someone as capable as Mark Pougatch on the BBC has been replaced by someone with a younger voice, but broadcasts the same way, just not very well, I just can’t fathom that at all.
‘The fact is that the population is getting older. My mother still counts as a viewer. She needs to be involved in the conversation. Just like my kids, who are all in their twenties. And the best way to do that is to have a broadcaster with experience. ‘
Matterface was thrown into the heart of the storm with Tyldesley’s video and the ensuing debate about the Changing of the Guard.
Tyldesley wanted to continue to comment on Kylian Mbappé in other big games
But the new No. 1 commenter was exuberant in his praise for his predecessor, he previously told the Mail on Sunday: Clive is a brilliant commentator. He is a commentator who is editorially fantastic. He knows how to hit the target and how to deliver a line.
‘I think it is good that people have had the opportunity to honor him and say how wonderful he has been.
‘He’s not going anywhere. He will still be working with ITV and will still be working with talkSPORT. He still does a lot of work and with good reason