Rio Ferdinand has cemented his reputation as one of British television’s leading football pundits since hanging up his boots three-and-a-half years ago.
The former Manchester United and England defender announced his retirement in May 2015 following an ill-fated season with Queens Park Rangers in which he only managed to make 12 appearances.
Ferdinand’s decision to retire came just weeks after the tragic death of his wife Rebecca Ellison, who passed away following a battle against breast cancer.
The retired centre-back has spoken bravely in the years since Rebecca’s death about the process of coping with grief and bereavement.
His heart-wrenching documentary ‘Rio Ferdinand: Being Mum and Dad’ deservedly won the BAFTA award in the Best Single Documentary category earlier this year.
Ferdinand has combined his role as a football pundit with raising his three children and, by all accounts, has done a thoroughly admirable job.
Earlier this month, meanwhile, Ferdinand announced the brilliant news that he was now engaged to Kate Wright, star of ‘The Only Way is Essex’.
Speaking on BT Sport’s ‘Premier League Tonight’ show on Saturday evening, following Tottenham’s 3-1 win over Chelsea, Ferdinand hinted that he would have gone into management had his life not been turned upside down in 2015.
However, while Ferdinand was in the middle of explaining why he’s currently a pundit instead of a coach, BT Sport host Jake Humphrey left viewers on social media cringing by trying to make a joke which went down like a lead balloon.
Ferdinand explained: “In an ideal world I would love to have gone into coaching and potentially managerial roles but circumstances change for whatever reason in life - you’ve just got to make do with…”
Humphrey then chimed in, attempting to make a light-hearted quip, by saying: “You mean because you get well paid to sit in here and watch football - that’s easier.”
Watch the clip here...
While Humphrey obviously intended no malice, it still felt like he badly misjudged the situation.
Viewers on social media had plenty to say on social media after seeing the clip, which has been shared on Twitter overnight…
Some of the backlash against Humphrey, whose light-hearted approach to presenting fits perfectly with BT Sport’s coverage, has been a little over the top.
However, you can certainly understand why viewers felt he should have just kept quiet here.