After earning rave reviews for her punditry while working for the BBC at last summer’s World Cup finals in Russia, Sky Sports decided to hire the retired defender for the 2018-19 campaign.
The 34-year-old - who enjoyed three spells with Arsenal and made 140 appearances for England - replaced another Gunners hero, Thierry Henry, after the World Cup winner left Sky to pursue his dream of becoming a manager.
Appointing a full-time female pundit to analyse men’s football was a first for Sky - and their decision to hire Scott was welcomed by most forward-thinking football fans on social media.
Six months into her Sky Sports tenure and most of the feedback about Scott’s punditry has been positive.
There are some people who aren’t keen on her as a pundit and that’s fair enough. Just like Jamie Carragher, Gary Neville and every other pundit, they all have people who like their work and others who don’t.
However, Scott’s fans jumped to her defence on Sunday afternoon, ahead of the Premier League clash between Leicester City and Manchester United, following a somewhat awkward moment involving her Sky Sports colleague Graeme Souness.
Scott was making a point about how more teams are prepared to sit back and then hit their opponents on the counter-attack when she was interrupted by Souness for repeating the phrase ‘low block’.
“I think teams are now playing a low block with a purpose, to get them on a counter-attack,” Scott said.
“It’s become a common theme this season. A lot of teams that are playing that low block are willing to have less possession and are hitting teams on the counter-attack…”
Before she could finish making her point, a bemused Souness interrupted and said: “What is a low block? This modern terminology…”
Sounding a little surprised by Souness’s interruption, Scott replied: “Defensively, prepared to sit back with a four - maybe even a five - a solid wall…”
Bluntly, Souness added: “Okay. Defending deep.”
Watch the incident here…
Souness’s interruption and dismissive tone led to a backlash against him on social media.
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