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Power ranking the best footballing TV pundits of 2013

Featuring Gary Neville, Eamon Dunphy and some more of the most prominent and influential voices on the sport.

1o. Glenn Hoddle

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Best moment: Hoddle’s considerable knowledge of the game is obvious, and his thoughts on English football’s problems are invariably spot on.

9. Alan Hansen

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Best moment: His witty put down of Michael Owen and Jason Roberts (see above).

8. Richie Sadlier

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Best moment: His tendency to shake up the RTE panel and challenge Liam Brady on Trapattoni.

7. Jamie Carragher

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Best moment: “No one wants to grow up to be Gary Neville.”

6. Liam Brady

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Best moment: His impassioned and well-argued defences of Trapattoni were undoubtedly consummate, even if most people didn’t usually agree with them.

5. Roy Keane

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Best moment: Not many people went along with his view that Nani deserved a red card against Real Madrid, but it was compelling TV — and there’s always a sense that ITV is worth watching whenever Keane is on, owing to the unpredictability factor he brings to proceedings.

4. Eamon Dunphy

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Best moment: Changing his mind on Roy Keane’s appointment showed he’s not quite as stubborn as some people may think.

3. Graeme Souness

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Best moment: His consistent tendency to hammer players and avoid sitting on the fence has livened up the Sky studio considerably since he became a permanent fixture there.

2. John Giles

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Best moment: His frequently insightful and authentic thoughts on the sport are always worth listening to.

1. Gary Neville

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Best moment: Neville’s intimate knowledge of the modern game has turned Monday Night Football on Sky into must-watch television for hardcore fans of the game. His analysis of United under Moyes, in particular, has a ring of authenticity to it.

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Paul Fennessy

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