I dont have a problem with him personally and he is probably a decent enough bloke. However some of his articles on the Athletic read like they have been written by a 5 year old.
Unfortunately for Andy all the other Athletic journalists tend to write more interesting and better crafted articles.
But I'm sure as long as they are paying him a decent wage and he doesn't have to work for the Argus he must be delighted.
Largely agree re The Athletic, though I prefer the American coverage.
Andy Naylor is spreading our footballing philosophy across the world and we seem to have some issue that he has no inside track on our recruitment.No one does. It’s upsetting that someone who has so much heart, intelligence, straightforwardness and passion about our club results in ambivalence, at best.
He’s a very thorough journalist. He’s a good man. He supports our philosophy. Why don’t people like him?
Might be time to like his posts. He supports us in a very balanced way.
Great club with an excellent journalist.
I write this as a journalist who doesn't know Andy. I've had a small number of Twitter interactions, but we've never met or worked for the same organisation.
Right: that's the conflict of interest dealt with.
The man's a legend. If you look at what has happened to local papers in the time that he worked for the Argus, many of them died on their arse. He kept the Argus full of relevant Albion news during the most turbulent, and then triumphant, time the club has ever known. Albion coverage was the only thing that remained interesting in the Argus or on its website. The paper itself had about a thousand editors and multiple rounds of staff cuts. Andy stayed, until he left, and then he left for a job where he could cover the Albion more. We owe him for that. It's bloody, bloody hard to get that sort of coverage out of a club unless you know it, its people, and its fans inside out. My career in sports journalism lasted about a month and ended when I realised I had to interview the manager of Carlisle United twice a week and it had to be made into something interesting for days and days. I failed. Andy will properly go down in history as one of the last great newspaper football reporters. No arse-kissing. I mean this.
No idea if he has improved since moving on from The Argus, but back then I found his pieces were not very well written, and the relationship he had with the manager of the day reflected the slant he would give the report. He has a position at The Athletic and he fulfills the role adequately I assume, I don't miss him from The Argus though, and prefer Brian Owen as a writer.
Yep. Naylor is one of the most boring writers I've ever read. And I don't mean compared to Rushdie or Bill Bryson or Shakespeare. Nor compared to fantastic football writers like Barney Ronay, Brian Glanville or Sid Lowe. I mean compared to Vignes, Hayward and our own Not Andy Naylor. And, for me, far duller than the Gulls Eyes back in the day.