Graeme Souness has apologised if he “ever went too far” after retiring from his role as a Sky Sports pundit. The Scot took a parting shot at former colleague Gary Neville this week, just days after his exit was announced.
Souness was a pundit on his final match last Sunday when his former club Liverpool beat Tottenham 4-3 in a dramatic game at Anfield. Sky announced after the full-time whistle that the former midfielder and manager would be hanging up his microphone with them with immediate effect.
Souness, who turns 70 today, has since spoken to Up Front With Simon Jordan to discuss his career in the media. He admitted he was a fan of Neville and his sidekick Jamie Carragher.
He said: “The Chuckle Brothers (Carragher and Neville) are entertaining. Well I think Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher can be entertaining. It makes me chuckle anyway.”
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But Souness also claimed Manchester United legend Neville sometimes “oversteps the mark” by going on “crusades” about different subjects.
Neville hit back on Twitter, responding: “Are their two Graeme Souness’? That isn’t the one I spoke to on Sunday!”
Souness hasn’t made a public apology to Neville for his comments. But in his latest column for the Mail, he has issued a wide-ranging apology to anyone who felt his “aggression” went too far.
Souness wrote: “I look back on my Sky years as just fantastic. I was getting my football fix by going to great stadiums, seeing great games and enjoying great atmospheres. Once off air, I could go home and sleep at night. It was all the good bits from football without the bad bits.
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“I realised after leaving Newcastle in 2006 that management was no longer for me, because of my type of personality. I couldn’t let things go if I thought someone was not giving me everything. People will say I was too confrontational, and I’ll accept that criticism. That was the way I learned my football from true greats of the game.
“The likes of Jock Stein, Bob Paisley, Joe Fagan, Ronnie Moran, Jack Charlton and Sir Alex Ferguson. I went to football’s equivalent of Cambridge and Oxford. But that doesn’t work anymore. You have to be a diplomat more than I could ever hope to be in my lifetime.
“I’ve had to apply the same discipline to my media work, although sometimes you end up being a tad aggressive in making your point. I must apologise if I ever went too far!”
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