Football commentators including Match of the Day’s Guy Mowbray and Jonathan Pearce have confirmed they would be interested in taking on John Motson’s sheepskin coat once the veteran hangs up his microphone at the end of the season. But the pair could be up against fellow commentators and sports news anchors with Sky’s Jeff Stelling and ITV’s Mark Pougatch also showing an interest.
Motson confirmed he had already received several offers for the sheepskin but says he will not sell until after the FA Cup final in May next year. Monty’s sheepskin has covered 10 World Cups, 10 European Championships, 29 FA Cup finals, more than 200 England games as well as thousands of league matches.
Bidding for the sheepskin is expected to open at around £100 but in today’s inflated prices the jacket could go for as much as £200. Motson’s agent said he had also received enquiries from the Chinese Super League with offers over £800 for the jacket (including postage and packing) but the commentator said he would like the jacket to see out the rest of its’ playing career here in the UK. ‘ ‘The jacket has probably got 10-12 good years left in it,’ said Motty. ‘I wouldn’t want to see it warming the bench outside the commentary box or simply commentating on meaningless exhibition games’.
Motty admitted that he had one eye on the future when making his decision. The 2022 World Cup in Qatar, with the humidity and the 100+ degree heat would be too much for the heavy sheepskin pelt to endure. ‘It is ideal for a midweek fixture on Tyneside in the middle of February but it would suffer terribly in that kind of heat’, said the veteran commentator animatedly. ‘Mexico 1970 was bad enough… I wouldn’t want to put the jacket through that again.’
When asked about some of the stains on the jacket Motson simply offered his apologies. ‘I do get a bit carried away at times. I’ll have it cleaned’.