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Phil Taylor Promises ‘Brutal Honesty’ In New Punditry Role

Although Phil Taylor retired from darts after his World Championship final loss to Rob Cross in January, he can’t quite keep away from the game altogether.

Therefore there were groans from many when they learned that the 16 time world champion would join Sky Sports as part of their punditry team for the 2018 World Matchplay, which starts tonight.

Fans are worried that Taylor will make discussions about himself, but like his late protege Eric Bristow, ‘The Power’ has promised to keep the focus on the competitors themselves with ‘brutal honesty’.

“I am doing a little bit for Sky, I will enjoy it,” he said via Live Darts.

“I will tell the truth, of course I will, I’ll be brutally honest. If they don’t like it, they don’t like it. You have to.
People know if you are telling the truth or lying. If you are doing commentary, why not tell the truth?”
The World Matchplay trophy has been renamed in his honour, though the eventual winner might not be to his fancy.
“I won’t be dishonest with you. Some of the characters in the game I am not a big fan of, I’ll be honest with you. I flick. I put the TV on, put on the Premier League, see what the score is, and certain players I will sit and watch. Certain players will do something and off it goes, and I will watch something else. Maybe Top Gear.”
The 57-year-old has had various run-ins with a myriad of players over the years, and though he may grate on some viewers, he could yet prove to be essential viewing.

Adrian Lewis, Dave Chisnall, Michael Smith and Michael Van Gerwen are in action tonight on Sky Sports Action from 7 p.m.

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Author: Chris Kelleher

Student whose interests lie in sports ranging from Darts to MMA, with the likes of Golf, Boxing and Soccer in between. Closet wrestling fan and a lover of sports psychology and stiff jabs.