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The Conformity Of Sports Punditry: Gary Neville’s Sigh Sports And Sean Dyche’s Market Leaders

by | 3rd, September 2014

Gary Neville commentating for Sky

 

THE football world, notwithstanding the scrutiny of the millions of people who obsessively follow its comings and goings, remains a stubbornly closed community. One consequence of this, as I have noted before, is that it is an extremely conformist environment in which new fashions spread almost instantaneously, and adherence is almost total.

Nowhere is this more obvious than in the language of the game. Words and phrases spread like wildfire and are used automatically by everyone within days Sometimes they spread outwards and infect society at large.

This month’s phenomenon is not a word but a sound a sigh, to be precise.

I can’t prove it, but I’m pretty sure this trend was started by Sky’s innovative young pundit Gary Neville. Neville at least utilises it appropriately, as if pained and saddened by what he is about to day.

Others, however, have bought into the sigh project enthusiastically, and in many cases over-enthusiastically, to the point where it now rivals ‘to be fair’ in its ubiquity.

 

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During a recent talkSPORT show hosted by Matt Holland and Danny Higginbotham the indiscriminate

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