Manchester United fan Nick goes global from St Helena

Nick Stevens in a BBC studio

World Service pundit Nick Stevens once broadcast live from BBC studios in London

Media pundits all round the world have been debating the £25 million signing of footballer Robin van Persie – but when the BBC wanted an expert view, it turned to Nick Stevens in St Helena.

And at the end of his down-the-line assessment of the deal, presenter Amanda Davies told him: “You can be my honourary Manchester United fan. I don’t bestow that honour on anyone.”

The Sportsworld Have Your Say programme pulls in a mix of views from fans and professionals around the globe – and an audience of 44 million people.

Nick Stevens waves a Manchester United scarf in the stands at the team stadium

Nick’s a proud Manchester United fan

Nick – who’s broadcast on the programme a number of times, and also writes for The St Helena Independent – was asked for his views on the transfer of Robin van Persie from Arsenal to Manchester United at the age of 29, close to the end of his playing career.

He said: “I don’t think I have been as excited about the signing of a player since Cantona 1992.

“I know it’s not normal signing somebody at that age. Sheringham signed at 31 and we had four seasons from him.

“I think van Persie is a much more prolific striker so he could fit into the team quite nicely.”

Critics doubted whether van Persie could deliver the high scoring rate such a high transfer fee would suggest, but Nick was unconcerned.

“We don’t need him to score 30 goals,” he said, pointing out that the team already had a number of high scorers. “All we need from him is 15 goals, I think, and that will give us a chance to win the season.”

When the time comes to fill the shoes of 37-year-old Paul Scholes, said Nick, Wayne Rooney could take his place – and van Percie could take over Rooney’s current position.

Nick is evidently well-liked by the team at Sportsworld (even if he hasn’t taught them how to pronounce St Helena’s name yet).

Matt Davies, executive producer, said: “Nick has been a regular contributor with his views on Manchester United.

“Nick was a live guest in the Sportsworld studio when he visited London in June 2010.”

“I am not sure if he is our most isolated pundit but we did note in the office this week that he was the one with the shortest phone number. We guess they don’t need many digits in St Helena.”

SEE ALSO:
Nick is honoured for service to St Helena

LINK:
Sports World – BBC World Service

About these ads

About Simon Pipe

Former print and BBC journalist, running St Helena Online news website about British territories in the South Atlantic at www.sthelenaonline.org and blogging occasionally on other sites.
This entry was posted in News and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s