John Barnes joins ESPN

ESPN staff
October 24, 2011
John Barnes: "I am excited by what we can do to bring something distinctive to football fans" © Getty Images

John Barnes, the former Liverpool, Newcastle and England star, will join ESPN as a football analyst for its coverage of the Barclays Premier League and FA Cup.

Barnes adds to ESPN's line-up of leading football analysts including Kevin Keegan, Steve McManaman, Robbie Savage, Chris Waddle and Craig Burley alongside a football presentation team led by hosts Ray Stubbs and Rebecca Lowe plus commentators Jon Champion and Derek Rae.

In a storied career that spanned 20 years, Barnes played nearly 600 matches, including 79 appearances for England, and took home two First Division titles and two FA Cup winners' medals with Liverpool and scored 177 goals. In addition to Liverpool and Newcastle, Barnes played for Charlton Athletic and Watford - where he made his professional debut in 1981.

"I've thoroughly enjoyed contributing to ESPN's football coverage periodically, and as a fan of the game have enjoyed watching what they put on air and the innovative approach they have brought to coverage," said Barnes. "Having worked with Ray and the team as a part of ESPN's FA Cup presentation team last season, I am excited by what we can do to bring something distinctive to football fans."

"John had a remarkable career on the field and as an ambassador for the game of football, and has brought that same level of professionalism and excellence to his work in television," said Jeroen Oerlemans, Vice President and channel manager, ESPN Europe, Middle East and Africa. "His combination of experience, personality and knowledge of football is something we think will fit perfectly with our team."

In addition to coverage of the Barclays Premier League and the FA Cup (from the first round through the final), ESPN also features exclusive coverage the Clydesdale Bank Premier League, the UEFA Europa League and top European football, including Italian Serie A, German Bundesliga, UEFA Euro 2012 qualifiers, Dutch Eredivisie, Russian Premier League, as well as MLS, international friendlies and more.

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