Roco wrote:I miss Everton in the box. He was the perfect to compliment an ex-pro. I liked his tone of phrase and useful statistics. It was a poor decision to let him go.
The BBC seem more interested in getting ex-pros in the box than journalists, which is a shame.
An ex-pro can bring some knowledge to the commentary box, eg. they can explain why a certain player might be choosing a particular shot, recommending what the best shot might be or explaining the difficulty level of each. Viewers who don't play regularly might not know these things, so it has value.
Unfortunately, what a lot of the BBC ex-pros don't do is watch snooker when they're not being paid to do so. So don't have somebody like Clive's encyclopaedic knowledge of players and their careers. Which is why I feel somebody like Clive should always be in the box, paired with an ex-player.
One person to bring the statistical knowledge, one to explain better the logistics of playing. You don't need two people trying to explain the same thing.