People of the Year: Alex Scott – World Soccer

Star of broadcasting proving her critics incorrect

Social media generally is a despairing and miserable place at the very best of instances, however for ladies working in soccer it may be an absolute cesspit.

On August 26, Sky Sports introduced that they might not be renewing the contracts of Soccer Saturday regulars Phil Thompson, Charlie Nicholas and Matt Le Tissier. Almost instantly, Alex Scott was bombarded with abuse on Twitter, accused of changing the long-serving trio by benefitting from some form of optimistic discrimination. Sadly it was not the primary such occasion, nor the final.

“I definitely take social media for what it is now,” she tells World Soccer. “I have had so much support that’s really lifted me up.”

Among her supporters was Ian Wright. The former Arsenal striker was incandescent: “I’ve had to pull over the car. The racism is going through the roof today,” he mentioned in a video on Twitter. “What does Alex Scott – or any other black pundit – have to do with Sky’s decision to get rid of these guys? Alex Scott is easily one of the best-prepared pundits out there. Easily.”

Micah Richards, whose title was additionally dragged into the controversy, was equally supportive: “She’s absolutely incredible. She’s honestly one of the best pundits I’ve ever worked with,”
he mentioned on Monday Night Football.

“Having support from people I admire such as Ian and Micah meant the world to me,” she says.

In spite of a stellar enjoying profession – profitable 140 England caps, 5 for Team GB, a bucket load of trophies for Arsenal, together with the Champions League, and two years in America with the Boston Breakers – Scott doesn’t simply depend on her standing as an ex-player and reel out clichés; she is a certified journalist with a level in Professional Sports Writing and Broadcasting from Staffordshire University.

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“I wanted to make plans in advance, not be that athlete that got to the end and then worried ‘what am I going to do next?’” she instructed the PFA. “I started my degree in 2012 and finished when I was playing at the World Cup in 2015.”

It is that stage of preparation that has marked her out as among the best in her business.

“Preparation is crucial in any job. I had the same mentality as a footballer as I do in my broadcast career. You can never tell me too much information, I want to learn it all.”

Not content material to take a seat in a snug chair at Sky, she has taken on a number of challenges since working on the World Cup in 2018. She is a daily on Match of the Day. Last season she co-hosted Goals on Sunday, and is favorite to tackle A Question of Sport.

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