A Football365 love letter to… Darrell Currie
4 months ago, 10 Aug 14:30
A Love Letter to…a familiar presenter of Scottish football who strays south of the border too, and someone who is one of Johnny’s current favourites. That’ll be Darrell Currie, then.
Why the Love?
He came to BT Sport from ESPN and has also worked at Radio Clyde, BBC Scotland and CNN International. He is now a much-loved and enjoyed presenter up here in the greatly misunderstood and underappreciated wonderland that is Alba fitba.
If you don’t have BT Sport, or even if you do, but are daft enough not to watch Scottish football, then you might not know of Darrell’s work. But those of us who do know that he is one of the best and most distinctive presenters in the game.
What those who shun Scottish football don’t know is it is excellent entertainment. We all know the skill level may not be the highest, but it more than makes up for that with effort and commitment. It is also increasingly competitive. While it may look like a one-team league, below Celtic, it is very hard to know who will win any game in advance of kick-off. So when DC fronts a show with regulars Chris Sutton, Stephen Craigan and Michael Stewart, among others, you can always be assured of some fun. It can be loud, in your face and argumentative but that’s why we like it so much and as such, it rather reflects Scotland more broadly – and certainly the football culture.
These fellas love their work and we love that they love their work. Their pre-season ad clip reflects all of this.
A pleasingly beta male in a land that is full of alpha male ex-footballers, more than most presenters, Darrell’s role is to keep the boys in line and largely to play the straight man, while the others rip the pish out of each other and often get very argumentative. It must be a difficult line to walk because these fellas can get quite arsy.
The key to the job is obviously to give them enough rope but know when to rein them in and even though Darrell looks about 15 years old and is up against some of grizzly old pros, he always manages to do that really well.
You never get the feeling he is toadying and though he’s got to keep his sensible head on most of the time, he’s also prepared to muck in with the craziness, such as in incidents like this.
He is also notoriously impressively calm under fire. Pitch invaders? Not a problem, pal.
But it’s not all fun and frolics, he can do the straight up and down interview stuff too and this season has sat down with the likes of Steven Gerrard for high profile one-on-one interviews. Because he’s pretty much got the whole of the coverage to himself, it makes him one of the most important people to front a show outside of the mainstream, and as such he occupies the enviable position of not being a household name in most ...
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