BBC: Agents gives his own player a match award?

Not sure what was going on at BBC NI Sport at the time (haven’t they heard there’s a crisis?), but the Irish Independent has an interview with Ulster’s Neil Best who won BBC’s Man of Match Award after the Italy game at Ravenhill, who reckons the award was “fixed for him” by his agent:

So, being named ‘Man of the Match’ didn’t exactly count for much? “No it didn’t.” admits Best.

“The award didn’t make me feel any better, because my agent (Ryan Constable) was commentating for the BBC and he made the decision.

“He’s obviously trying to secure another few years for me. And yes, I will be retaining his services, but don’t tell him that because I want him to keep him on his toes.”

  • Lafcadio

    To be fair, I wouldn’t imagine he actually thinks it was a fix-up, he’s just making a self-deprecating joke.

    he’s a bit of an interviewer’s dream, in that he is very straight-talking, not a bland message-freak like too many pro sportsmen these days, and usually manages to come out with a couple of funny or leftfield quotes.

    that said it wasn’t very clever from the bbc

  • Hogan from County Tyrone

    Neil Best is a legend, one of the hardest tacklers in the game, the man is made of steel!

    All the best to him and the rest of the boys in green!

  • Michael Robinson

    Audio recording of interview here:

    http://www.irishrugby.ie/downloads/nbest.mp3

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