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# Take a bow son
Top, top punditry: here's our bets for those vacant Sky Sports jobs
There’s a couple of empty seats in the studio at the moment. Here’s a couple of double-acts that could easily get the magic chalkboard going again.

GARY NEVILLE HAS been revealed as Sky’s favourite to take over from sacked Sky Sports pundit Andy Gray.

The Daily Mail reports today that the Manchester United defender is being lined up to join the TV team when he retires from the game this summer.

But who are our other possible double-acts to replace the long-standing Keys-Gray partnership? Here’s our proposals, son.

Top, top punditry: here's our bets for those vacant Sky Sports jobs
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  • The Sunday Game panelists

    Pros: RTE's Gaelic games analsyts cause plenty of controversy, don't mind working weekends and already own their own sport jackets. Cons: they don't know much about soccer really, to be honest. Tomás Mulcahy's kicked goal against Galway in 1990 aside. Probability? "We wholeheartedly apologise for our behaviour"
  • Alan Sugar, Karren Brady and Nick from The Apprentice

    Pros: Sugar used to own Spurs. Brady was in charge of Birmingham for years before taking the tiller at West Ham. Nick is an interesting gentleman who I can see demolishing Robbie Savage of a Sunday. Cons: We only have two chairs. Probability: "Do me a favour, love"
  • Adrian Chiles and Christine Bleakey

    Pros: Chiles knows his football having hosted MOTD2. Bleakey is a fan too apparently and is the partner of Chelsea marshmallow man Frank Lampard Jr, so she'll already know his first cousin and Sky golden boy Jamie 'I used to go out with her' Redknapp. Cons: They're up really early for their breakfast show. Probability: "We had some banter."
  • Keane and Dunphy

    Pros: Keane and Dunphy eh? Well, they both played the game. Keane has a massive profile and is intelligent, interesting and articulate. Admirably, Dunphy is happy to talk until the red light goes off - despite any lack of knowledge. What a pro Cons: They don't speak to each other any more apparently. And the studio would be in flames within one half of a game like a Fr Dougal Maguire funeral. Probability: “Prehistoric banter isn’t acceptable in the modern world. I accept that."
  • Jedward

    Pros: There's two of them but they come cheap. Cons: Scientists think they are SO annoying, it may cause a black hole. Probability: "It was wrong. I deserve to be battered."Source: Geoff Caddick/PA Wire
  • Tony and Bertie

    Pros: They're both available. Bertie likes to think he's an expert. Tony says he follows Newcastle. Cons: It's Tony Blair and Bertie Ahern? Duh. Probability: "There’s a firestorm raging out there."Source: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images/PA Archive/Press Association Images

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