Mills not ‘fudging it a little bit’ with his punditry

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Joseph Mills' deflected strike earned Forest Green a narrow 1-0 victory over struggling Crewe Alexandra as Mark Cooper's side jumped back into the play-offs.

From Leeds United to Manchester City and England and back again, it was always good watching Danny Mills strut his stuff across the hallowed turfs of the United Kingdom. Mills has taken that impressive approach to the beautiful game to his punditry, too, and is among the more renowned football commentators in the country these days.

What Mills said

“In the early days, you could pull the wool over people’s eyes. You could fudge it a little bit. You could make a game seem better than it was. You can’t do that now. People are far more knowledgeable. They watch far more football. There is already too much opinion out there,” Mills told Betway, who recently interviewed several football pundits about what makes a good one.

“The hardest thing now is offering insight. I won’t be controversial just for the sake of being controversial. If I don’t believe it, I won’t say it. You don’t always listen to exactly what you say. They pick on one little phrase and they jump all over it. I have been around football and awful lot and I played for 20-odd managers.”

To each their own

A lot of pundits, arguably, don’t get the respect they deserve. To some, this matters, to others, not really. For many, though, it’s neither here nor there whether people agree with them. Mills is one of these.

“I have seen a lot. I have done a lot. I have been around it. It’s just my opinion and if you don’t agree with it I really could not care less. Sometimes you get producers who want you to cause a bit of an argument and want you to disagree,” he added.

Producer Matt Curtis, though, might beg to differ: “As much as the pundits say they don’t care, they do care. If people give them a load of stick and opinions of them change, it affects them.”