Dave Jones on working with Sky colleagues.
Dave Jones is known to football fans as the man responsible for pissing off Roy Keane and Graeme Souness during Premier League coverage on Sky Sports.
Not too hard work you think, but the presenter has now given a revealing insight into what it’s like to work with the aforementioned duo as well as people like Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher.
In a rare interview, published in The Telegraph on Thursday, Jones gives insight into his background in journalism and what it’s like to be the man to arbitrate debates between Sky’s fiery lineup of experts.
Dave Jones: My job is to push the bear.
“I can’t say I’ve ever felt uncomfortable,” Jones said when asked if Roy Keane’s infamous look has ever dragged him out of his seat.
“There are times when it can look like this on camera, when Roy gives me the eyeball and really comes towards me. I think ‘it’s good’. It’s my impulse: it’s good television.
On Souness, another grumpy Sky regular, the affable presenter recalls a moment in 2019 when the Scotsman accused him of looking at him funny.
“He apologized to me very much afterwards,” Jones says. “He didn’t need to apologize to me, I’m here to provoke him. It’s a bear. Many of them are. And my job is sometimes to poke them with sticks if I think the conversation isn’t interesting.
In a more uncomfortable moment that same year, Jones felt the need to apologize publicly after ending a conversation with Neville, who had drawn on-air comparisons between the behavior of British politicians and the racist abuse received. by Antonio Rudiger of Chelsea during a match against Tottenham Hotspur. .
“I have to say, these are your opinions, Gary Neville, not those of Sky Sports, it is my duty,” Jones said on air before later tweeting the words: “I’m so sorry to ‘Messing up was such an important discussion about racism tonight. I had to intervene when Gary suggested that the two main political parties were to blame – I wasn’t clear enough. apologies without reservation.
“I would never deliberately close a discussion about racism. I have worked for Sky for over 20 years and know they share my view that racism of any kind should not be tolerated. It is not a debate. And that’s why I’m so disappointed and sorry tonight.
“We need to empower the players to get off the pitch and stop the fun while it is happening.”
The Super Sunday panel discusses the alleged racism incident in Tottenham’s second half against Chelsea. pic.twitter.com/mgEw0NlT7F
– Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) December 22, 2019
Sky Sports presenter on a “horrible moment” in his career.
Reflecting on the conversation in the new interview, Jones states that he doesn’t have fond memories of that day.
“I consider this to be a pretty awful moment in my television career, but luckily I got through,” he says.
“There was no lasting enmity from Neville. I met him at a restaurant probably about two weeks later, and he gave me a big hug.
Despite the setback, Jones remains one of the most professional presenters in football media and is seen as a vital part of Sky’s brilliant coverage of the Premier League.
You can read the interview with The Telegraph in its entirety, via subscription, here.
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