Twitter's influential footy personalities

22 Dec 2014 04:08 pm, by YorkshireSquare

Football commentators, pundits and journalists make it their job to provide football fans with insightful coverage of the sport through a number of mediums. From radio and newspapers to television and podcasts, they are at the frontline of an ever-evolving sport where news stories can emerge at any time of the day. Their position at the frontline of football through an extensive list of contacts, including managers, players and agents, not only helps towards gathering the very best news for their respective print media or broadcast company, but also ensures they continue to provide readers with the best football coverage on a regular basis.

Their expert knowledge and opinions have extended onto social media via Twitter where users can now receive insightful, humorous and sometimes controversial ‘tweets’ from influential figures that access the site via their computer or handheld device. They have created a greater connection between the media and football fans, with influential football tweeters gaining considerable coverage through substantial volumes of followers and tweets to their latest story or interview.

Tim Lovejoy

Tim Lovejoy rose to fame as the former presenter of Soccer AM which has remained a hugely popular morning television show that football fans tune into every Saturday morning. Many have argued that the show has never been the same since Lovejoy left in 2007 after 11 years, but the 46-year-old has moved onto bigger and better things since. Lovejoy now hosts the Daily Brunch and BT Sports Panel after previously working for BBC Radio 5 Live and Something for the Weekend, with the happy-go-lucky character remaining an instant hit with football fans via Twitter. His long-lasting popularity from the Soccer AM days may explain why Lovejoy has just under 667,000 followers, but it also down to his witty tweets and football comments that keep Twitter users on board.

Phil McNulty

The BBC continue to provide high quality broadcasting across a wide variety of sporting events, with Phil McNulty part of an extensive team of sports journalists who regularly contribute online. McNulty was ranked amongst the top 50 of Britain’s top sports journalists in 2012, and has been BBC’s chief sports writer for over 14 years. He regularly tweets during live sporting events he is covering, with his extensive knowledge and experience generating just under 320,000 followers on Twitter.

Oliver Holt

Patrick Collins’ retirement after nearly 50 years on Fleet Street left a considerable hole at the Mail on Sunday newspaper that needed to be filled by a leading sports journalist. They have turned to Oliver Holt who will not only join the Mail on Sunday as chief sports writer, but also contribute for MailOnline Sport. The 48-year-old has made a real name for himself since joining the Daily Mirror in 2002, with his confidence and engaging writing mixed with an outspoken and controversial edge that sets him apart from every other sports journalist. A regular guest on the Sunday Supplement, Holt’s move to the Mail is a considerable step up in his career and will no doubt see his reputation increase even further. Holt is also one of the most influential football figures on Twitter, with just short of 310,000 followers receiving his thoughts and opinions on the latest football stories, interviews and live matches.