Phil Neville was the talk of Twitter after an appearance on the Sky Sports show The Debate which was almost as awful as his efforts on the pitch for England against Romania at Euro 2000.
Neville, you may recall, gave away the penalty that handed victory to the Three Lions’ opponents and dumped Kevin Keegan’s side out of the tournament at the group stage.
As a player, Neville’s career was largely blemish free – save for that incident with England.
And it’s been a similar story for Neville as a pundit. Up until now, the former Everton and Manchester United man has been a largely inoffensive presence.
Yes, there was his memorable flat commentary for the BBC during the 2014 World Cup:
But, as a so-called football expert, he’s not been in the habit of talking out of his arse all that much…until now that is.
Because Neville has just had the nightmare to end all nightmares. A night of error after error and nonsense after nonsense.
Thankfully, fans on Twitter were on hand to capture the whole sorry saga and react to this absolute shit show of a punditry performance.
At one point, Neville genuinely appeared to forget how to count to four:
— Joe Williams (@JoeWHSG) August 9, 2017
While one of his concerns about Tottenham ahead of the new season was that the team, fans and, er, television cameras would struggle to adapt to life at Wembley:
Man like Phil Neville saying the TV cameras will struggle at Wembley 😩 pic.twitter.com/76dBvWzSXy
— – (@AnfieldRd96) August 9, 2017
Still, it was his suggestion that Philippe Coutinho would leave Liverpool and wouldn’t really be missed that really got fans going. Oh and he also suggested the club go out and buy Diego Costa, because that’s apparently a possibility:
DEAD 😂 pic.twitter.com/dWb8CKjxhl
— Jack (@jslfcx) August 9, 2017
Liverpool fans were naturally annoyed at the partisan Manchester United legend’s comments:
Phil Neville on Coutinho: “The transfer will happen, its a matter of how much LFC can get for him.”
He doesn’t know a thing! 😂
— Anfield Edition (@AnfieldEdition) August 9, 2017
Has Phil Neville actually just said we should sell Coutinho and replace him with Diego Costa? Hahahahah ffs Phil
— Craig (@Craigles8) August 9, 2017
Phil Neville has just said sell Coutinho and sign Diego Costa 🤦🏻♂️ this lad is getting paid! #HolySmokes
— Ciaran McKenna (@ciaranmckenna7) August 9, 2017
Phil Neville on Coutinho: “It’s happening isn’t it.”
“He’s not worth the money.”
“They didn’t miss him when he was out last season.”
— Jack Sear (@JackSear) August 9, 2017
The ex-Everton man also found another way to wind up Liverpool supporters – by claiming the Toffees would break into the Premier League’s elite:
Phil Neville saying Liverpool & Chelsea could drop out of Top 6 for Everton 😂😂😂😂😂
— Spion Kop (@TheKopHQ) August 9, 2017
Phil Neville Liverpool and Chelsea could drop out of the top 6 because of Everton fucking hell 😂😂😂 am off to bed
— The LFC TicketMen (@TheLFCTicketMen) August 9, 2017
His claims that Manchester United would win the league, Mauricio Pochettino was the best manager in the division and Nemanja Matic was the English top-flights standout midfielder were also met with derision:
When Phil Neville gets asked to leave a tip at a restaurant he writes ‘united for the league’ the fucking shit the bed
— Junior Member (@stamp_1878) August 9, 2017
Phil Neville just said Matic is the 2nd best midfielder in the League, closer to 22nd mate.
— Joe (@HulbertJoe) August 9, 2017
According to Phil Neville, Mauricio Pochettino is the best manager in the league. Reminder that he’s never won a trophy in his career.
— Arsenal (@ffarsenalfc) August 9, 2017
The final word goes to this fan though, who appeared to sum up the mood of a nation:
Phil Neville doesn’t think we missed Coutinho when he was injured last season. Imagine paying him a wage as a football “expert”.
— Pat (@patfc91) August 9, 2017
Have a word, Gary!
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