The former Liverpool and Manchester United striker has not exactly won hearts and minds during his first foray into live match commentary…
On paper, Michael Owen seems a decent choice as new co-commentator for BT Sport. He’s played for some of the biggest clubs in world football, including Liverpool, Man United and Real Madrid, and earned 89 caps for England in a fairly successful career.
Like Sky Sports’ Gary Neville, Owen has recently retired from the game and should be able to offer first hand views on some of the Premier League’s biggest names.
In short, his appointment makes sense and judging from this promotional video by BT, Owen was set to vow us with his passion and enthusiasm:
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But unfortunately, all that experience and knowledge seems utterly useless if, in reality, you’re a bit dull and have a whiny voice.
Below is a cross section of twitter reaction to Owen’s first match for BT Sport at Anfield, as Liverpool host Stoke. It’s safe to say that the general consensus suggests the promotional video was a bit misleading.
We actually feel a bit sorry for the bloke.
Just arriving at Anfield for the first game of the new season. Can’t wait for kick-off!
— michael owen (@themichaelowen) August 17, 2013
If you’re watching a game on BT Sport for the 1st time & you hear an incessant whining noise, don’t adjust your TV set, that’s Michael Owen.
— Paddy Power (@paddypower) August 17, 2013
Dear BT Sport, Please get rid of Michael Owen. That is all.
— Tommy Boxall (@TommyBoxall) August 17, 2013
I’m listening to this on Radio 5 but the mere thought of Michael Owen’s voice is really vexing me.
— Macca (@The_Paris_Angel) August 17, 2013
Michael Owen has one tone. Dull.
— Ed Malyon (@eaamalyon) August 17, 2013
Apparently Michael Owen isn’t putting people asleep fast enough to keep them from complaining about his commentary.
— dirtytackle (@BrooksDT) August 17, 2013
Michael Owen’s commentary is like rubbing a cheese grater on your nuts!
— Raymond Sowerbutts (@rasowe) August 17, 2013
Michael Owen just said “banter”. I just punched the wall.
— Sam (@Sam_Keady) August 17, 2013
If you want to take the shine off watching a football match, listen especially hard to Michael Owen commentating. Duller than dishwater.
— Dom (@ifindoubtruckus) August 17, 2013
Surprised Michael Owen has lasted this long. Expecting a jaw injury before half time! #nufc
— Toon_Fan_1 (@Toon_Fan_1) August 17, 2013
It’s strange really, but if I listen to Michael Owen for long enough, I have this massive urge to cut myself and bleed out……
— Rob (@bobbyblue5) August 17, 2013