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5 guests we'd like to see fill in for Gary Neville on Monday Night Football

Sky have opted to have guest panelists on MNF for the rest of the season.

Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville with Ed Chamberlan on Sky's Monday Night Football.
Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville with Ed Chamberlan on Sky's Monday Night Football.

GARY NEVILLE’S MOVE into management with Valencia, has left a void in Sky’s Premier League coverage, especially on Monday Night Football.

Jamie Carragher, revealed last night on Twitter, that the former Manchester United right-back, will be replaced by a different guest pundit every week, for the rest of the season.

Here are five famous faces we would like to see join Jamie during the course of the season:

1. Arsene Wenger

Having earned the nickname “the professor” for his studious approach to football, Wenger revolutionised the way football is played in England.

His blinding loyalty to possession-based attacking football has often left him exposed to criticism, especially from Carragher.

The former Liverpool defender has previously expressed his frustration with Wenger’s footballing philosophy, both on and off the pitch, which would no doubt, spark some lively debate in the studio.

Up to 2014, Wenger worked on French station,TF1, as a commentator , covering the French national team matches including those at the World Cup in 2014.

Brazil Soccer WCup Germany Argentina Aresne Wenger covering the World Cup in 2014, for French television. Source: Hassan Ammar

2. Alan Hansen

Hansen’s critical analysis combined with his authoritative demeanor earned him the reputation of being one of the best pundits on British television.

Having started his career as a pundit on Sky, the former Liverpool defender would be suited to the longer format of Monday Night Football, rather than the short burst of analysis on Match of the Day.

Soccer - Barclays Premier League - Liverpool v Manchester United - Anfield Hansen has said he would be interested in making a return to television. Source: PA Archive/Press Association Images

3. John Terry

Just like the hiring of Gary Neville in 2011, the appointment of Terry would be a rather divisive choice for Sky.

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However, John Terry shares many similarities with Neville, which could help him win over opposing fans.

Terry, never blessed with a strong turn of pace, had to rely on a strong understanding of the game to succeed at the very highest level. His outspoken nature, would mean that the former England captain is unlikely to hold back on any unpopular views.

Having had one of the most decorated careers in English football, including being the winner of four Premier League medals and a Champions League, the centre-half has strong credentials.

John Terry File Photo John Terry has been critical of pundits on TV, most notably Robbie Savage. Source: Jed Leicester

4. Raphael Honigstein

The journalist’s wealth of knowledge of football across Europe, will bring a unique perspective to Monday Night Football.

A regular on BT’s coverage of European football and a contributor to several podcasts and radio shows, the German is known for his use of statistics to back-up any points he makes, while his awareness of players, teams and tactics used across the continent could elevate the show to a new level.

RH Raphael Honigstein is a regular on BT's European football coverage.

5. Alex Ferguson

Having won 49 trophies, over a managerial career spanning four decades, it’s fair to say that the former Manchester United manager knows how to succeed at the top of the game.

Despite still being involved at Manchester United as a director, it would make fascinating viewing to watch him analyse the lack of cutting edge of his former team.

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