Sideline Cut

The pundits fancied to be drafted in by Sky Sports for their new-look GAA coverage

Who would you like to see in the Sky studio this summer?

GAA FANS WILL need to have a Sky subscription to catch all the action this summer, Croke Park chiefs confirmed this afternoon.

Sky Sports News presenter Rachel Wyse is hotly-fancied to be the face of the station’s Gaelic games coverage. But who will join the Dubliner on the sideline?

Here’s who the bookies are backing:


1. Nicky English 6-4

Nicky English prepares for TV Lorraine O'Sullivan / INPHO Lorraine O'Sullivan / INPHO / INPHO

One of the best players of his generation, an All-Ireland winner on the pitch and the sideline and now a respected columnist and pundit. The Tipperary man would bring plenty of gravitas to the newcomers.

2. Shane Long 6-4

Shane Long 9/10/2013 Donall Farmer / INPHO Donall Farmer / INPHO / INPHO

He played at Croke Park for Tipp minors you know? Yes, we know.

The Ireland and Hull City striker is fancied to pop up on Sky’s GAA coverage.

3. John Mullane 2-1

John Mullane Donall Farmer / INPHO Donall Farmer / INPHO / INPHO

The former Waterford favourite would bring plenty of passion to the Rupert Murdoch-owned corporation.

4. Donal Óg Cusack 7-2


The former Cork goalkeeper is now a fixture on RTÉ’s flagship Sunday Game where he earned praise from many hurling fans in his first season. Could the ‘Gary Neville of hurling analysis’ make a big move to Sky?

5. Dan Shanahan 4-1

Dan Shanahan Ken Sutton / INPHO Ken Sutton / INPHO / INPHO

The Lismore man would have to be lured away from his role as selector with the senior Déise set-up. But Dan the Man would bring plenty to the Sky studio.

6. Sean Óg Ó hAilpín

Former Cork Hurler Sean Og O hAilpin on commentary duty Ryan Byrne / INPHO Ryan Byrne / INPHO / INPHO

The Cork GAA icon is an outside bet to bring his unique perspective to the British broadcaster’s output. Is fada an turas é ó TG4 go Sky Sports.


1. Kevin Moran 6-5

Ray Houghton and Kevin Moran Ray Houghton and Kevin Moran celebrate after the win over England in 1988. Billy Stickland / INPHO Billy Stickland / INPHO / INPHO

Twice an All-Ireland winner with Kevin Heffernan’s Dubs and a former Manchester United and Ireland centre half, Moran is Paddy Power’s favourite to land a football pundit role.

2. Paul Galvin 6-5

Paul Galvin Cathal Noonan / INPHO Cathal Noonan / INPHO / INPHO

The recently-retired Kerryman would be box-office for Sky. A no-brainer drafting in the Finuge man this summer.

3. Anthony Tohill 7-4

Anthony Tohill takes a kick James Crombie / INPHO James Crombie / INPHO / INPHO

Won a Celtic cross with Derry and has plenty of experience under the studio lights with RTÉ.

4. Tomás Ó Sé 5-2

Tomas O'Se James Crombie / INPHO James Crombie / INPHO / INPHO

Another Kingdom great who’s been there and done it. Newly retired and has expressed a strong interest in media work.

5. Graham Canty 5-2

Graham Canty leads his team during parade James Crombie / INPHO James Crombie / INPHO / INPHO

Not known for being particularly fond of cameras or dictaphones during a long and successful Cork career but the Bantry man might be a good bet.

6. Colm Parkinson 11-4

Colm Parkinson Donall Farmer / INPHO Donall Farmer / INPHO / INPHO

The Off The Ball man probably has enough to do this summer with sideline duties for Newstalk but we’d like to see Wooly work a Sky anorak and tie combo at O’Moore Park.

7. Peter Canavan 8-1

Peter Canavan dejected 16/6/2013 Presseye / Andrew Paton/INPHO Presseye / Andrew Paton/INPHO / Andrew Paton/INPHO

The former Fermanagh boss has plenty of experience of media duties with the likes of Today FM and TV3. May fancy another crack at coaching however.

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