BBC sparks backlash for Match of the Day 2 decision as football fans rage - 'What a drop off'

BBC sparks backlash for Match of the Day 2 decision as football fans rage - 'What a drop off'

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Jack Otway

By Jack Otway

Published: 12/02/2024

- 09:33

The broadcaster has raised eyebrows with their decision for Sunday's edition of the show

The BBC have been blasted by football fans after inviting Troy Deeney on Sunday's episode of Match of the Day 2.

Deeney was recently sacked by Forest Green Rovers, having lasted just 29 days in his role as manager.

The former Watford and Birmingham star only oversaw six matches during that time and received a four-match touchline ban prior to his departure.

He also caused controversy by publicly criticising his players, too.

BBC Match of the Day 2

The BBC have been blasted by football fans for putting Troy Deeney on Match of the Day 2


And Match of the Day fans have taken to social media to hit out at the BBC for putting Deeney forward.

One user said: Troy Deeney on Match of the Day, what a drop off in 'expert analysis.'"

A second stated: "Love hearing Troy Deeney criticising another team for lack of leadership and accountability on MOTD2. Why is someone who so spectacularly blew his first chance at management being venerated?"

A third raged: "@BBCSport Troy Deeney, really?? Scraping the barrel big time!"

A fourth said: "Successful manager Troy Deeney is already sharing his expertises with the rest of us. Shameless."

A fifth fumed: "Troy Deeney on MOTD? They're taking the p**s."

And a sixth vented their fury by saying: "How the f**k is Troy Deeney on MOTD."

After his sacking last month, Deeney turned on Forest Green Rovers and said the League Two strugglers needed 'hard words' to be spoken.

"When you're taking over a club in the middle of a season and it is rock bottom of the league you can't take your time and go easy," he wrote in a column for The Sun.

"Hard words needed to be spoken and I felt that we were about to turn a corner with results.

"Was I the problem? Or is it the club that is about to appoint its ninth manager in less than three years?

"I was expected to turn around the fortunes of a failing club in less than a month.

"I hadn't even received my first payslip as a manager when they told me they were getting rid of me."

Forest Green over Dale Vince hit back at Deeney and said he 'let the club down'.

"He is outspoken and opinionated – there’s not much wrong with that," he said.


Troy Deeney

Troy Deeney was sacked as Forest Green Rovers manager in January


"I think when he looks back at it, I think he’ll agree with me.

"I think he let himself and the club down with his sending off and what he said about our players.

"I was a bit shocked that such things could be said about our players in public and our club.

"It was just careless – it was poor judgment.

"He’s new to the coaching game. When we appointed him we acknowledged it was sooner than expected.

Troy Deeney

Troy Deeney had a successful playing career in football with the likes of Watford and Birmingham


"I think it was too soon for Troy and hasn’t worked out on both sides.

"The results were different story. Our actual performances this season under Troy have been better than anything this season in terms of numbers and statistics. It was a culmination of things.

"I have no axe to grind. I just decided that this wasn’t going to work and it was better to make the decision sooner.

"I wish him well for the future and genuinely have nothing against him. We tried but it didn’t work and it wasn’t going to work."

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