Some Republic of Ireland internationals may consider their futures after Euro 2012 but the tournament will definitely be the end of an era for former Ireland star Jim Beglin.
The popular pundit has been told, along with commentator Peter Drury, that they will not have their contracts renewed after this summer’s football festival, as the network puts major cost cutting procedures in place.
Next season’s schedule of Champions League games on Tuesdays and Europa League on Thursdays means that only one team of commentators is needed with Clive Tylesley leading the ITV team meaning Beglin’s Waterford/Scouse tones will no longer be heard on UK television.
45 year-old Beglin has lived in England since the age of 17; when Liverpool took him from Shamrock Rovers. As well as his ITV work, Beglin also currently does voiceover work for Anfield and Pro Evolution Soccer console games. Beglin may now be lured back to Ireland however if RTÉ can fit him into their commentary roster next season.
Meanwhile the BBC have announced that they will be shedding 2,000 jobs in an effort to cut £650 million off their annual expenditure. Even the ”great” Alan Hansen has had his wages cut from the frankly absurd £40,000 a week he was earning to a ”mere” £25,000 every seven days.