Clive Tyldesley’s Final Day as ITV Commentator: Legendary Broadcaster’s Pre-Game Routine Revealed on Social Media

Clive Tyldesley’s Final Day as ITV Commentator: Legendary Broadcaster’s Pre-Game Routine Revealed on Social Media

Legendary football commentator Clive Tyldesley took to Instagram on Saturday morning to document his final day working for ITV.

Tyldesley, 69, has worked for the broadcaster for the last 28 years. In fact, his relationship with ITV dates all the way back to 1986 when he was briefly employed as a standby commentator for the World Cup that was held in Mexico.

He later moved to the BBC before returning to ITV in 1996. Since then, the Radcliffe-born reporter’s voice has been heard at seven men’s World Cups and seven European Championships.

However, the game between Germany and Denmark in the round of 16 at Euro 2024 will be his final assignment for ITV.

On that morning of that game, Tyldesley shared his matchday routine in a series of videos on his Instagram story.

Clive Tyldesley shared multiple videos on Saturday to document his final day working for ITV 

Tyldesley, pictured at White Hart Lane in 1999, has been employed by ITV for the past 28 years

Tyldesley, pictured at White Hart Lane in 1999, has been employed by ITV for the past 28 years

The first video showed him preparing a cup of tea in the bar area of the hotel where he has been staying near Dortmund’s Westfalenstadion.

‘Morning, what a lot of fuss,’ he said, speaking towards the camera of his mobile phone. ‘For those of you who are nerdy enough to be interested, I’ll walk you through my final day as an ITV commentator.’

Lifting the teabag out of his cup, he added: ‘It starts the right way.’

The next video was taken inside Tyldesley’s hotel bedroom. Narrating the pictures in his trademark style, he said: ‘This is a commentator’s bed. I know… far too much detail.’

Tyldesley then appeared to aim a slight dig at whoever booked the accommodation as he continued: ‘This is the commentator’s working area in this rather pokey little hotel room with the suitcases on the floor, and where that is not enough space for me to do what I need to do today, so I’m going to work in reception.’

Inside his hotel room in Germany, the legendary commentator shared images of his bed

Inside his hotel room in Germany, the legendary commentator shared images of his bed

Tyldesley said the work station in his hotel room was not big enough so he had to go elsewhere

Tyldesley said the work station in his hotel room was not big enough so he had to go elsewhere 

He called his accommodation a 'rather pokey little hotel room with the suitcases on the floor'

He called his accommodation a ‘rather pokey little hotel room with the suitcases on the floor’

Then came a video in which Tyldesley showed off the vast detail of his pre-match research by giving fans a sneak peek at his commentary charts, filled with information on every player from the German and Danish squads.

In this video, Tyldesley spoke of his ‘predicament’ regarding how to pronounce the names of certain players.

He asked: ‘To what degree to I anglicise pronunciations?’

Tyldesley later took his laptop, notes and multiple pens to a communal work area inside the hotel.

His footage was accompanied by loud music and he posted the caption: ‘The office today. Usually prefer a bit of quiet, got chill out soul’.

Tyldesley was clearly well prepared for Germany's match against Denmark at Euro 2024

Tyldesley was clearly well prepared for Germany’s match against Denmark at Euro 2024 

His 'office' was situated next to a bar area where loud 'chill out soul' music was being played

His ‘office’ was situated next to a bar area where loud ‘chill out soul’ music was being played

EXCLUSIVE

Clive Tyldesley admits he ‘doesn’t know why’ ITV has axed him after 28 years

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Earlier this week, Tyldesley said in an exclusive interview with Mail Sport that ITV’s decision to relieve him of his duties had left him ‘upset, annoyed and baffled’.

He said he felt that he has been operating ‘as well as I ever have’ recently, but refused to hit out at his employers.

‘I’ve known for five to six weeks,’ he explained. ‘The ITV football editor phoned me to tell me I would be going home after the last 16.

‘I asked if there would be any other opportunities and he said that ITV would not be offering me another contract and so that will be it after 28 years.’

Tyldesley added: ‘ITV has been very good for me and my career and I’d like to think I have been good for them.

Tyldesley spoke to Mail Sport earlier in the week regarding ITV's decision to let him go

Tyldesley spoke to Mail Sport earlier in the week regarding ITV’s decision to let him go

He said: 'ITV has been very good for me', adding: 'I'd like to think I have been good for them'

He said: ‘ITV has been very good for me’, adding: ‘I’d like to think I have been good for them’

‘It’s a shame it’s coming to an end but it’s a matter of opinion and their opinion is that this is the right call. I don’t know why they think that.

‘I’ve never fully understood but I have to accept it. I still think my work is strong enough to resonate with old and young.’

Tyldesley also said that he has ‘no intention’ of retiring.

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