Match of the Day fixture Alan Shearer fought off a strong challenge from fellow soccer pundits to be crowned the UK’s person most likely ‘to be honest’.
Following analysis of coverage of the 2010 World Cup Shearer beat fellow pundit Alan Hansen to the title with an impressive 342 ‘honest’ related incidents in 312 sentences, with examples of soul-baring candour including the statements ‘I have to say England weren’t very good in the first half to be perfectly honest’, and ‘Honestly, Spain has some very good players in all honesty’.
The BBC TV team is hoping to add its trophy cabinet when the winner of ‘Most Argumentative Person in the UK’ is finally announced. A decision is expected in the next few days and MOTD pundits Mark Lawrenson and John Motson are still streets ahead of Alan Green for this year’s title. Arguably.