Billy sharpening up for new career after more success with Sheffield United

SHEFFIELD United striker Billy Sharp has always done his talking on the pitch, as his goalscoring record attests.

Sheffield United's Billy Sharp.
Sheffield United's Billy Sharp.

But last weekend he swapped his boots for a microphone and a stint as an expert summariser.

A desire to plan for the future was behind his appearance in the commentary box at Doncaster Rovers’ top of the table game with Plymouth Argyle last Sunday, which followed on from shadowing a reporter at Sky Sports for a shift a couple of weeks earlier.

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Blades fans need not worry, as 26-goal Sharp has no plans to retire just yet. But he is keen to explore all avenues and admits to having enjoyed working for BBC Radio Sheffield last Sunday.

“It was a game I enjoyed a lot more than the one I played in at Oldham the previous afternoon due to their horrible pitch,” said the former Rovers striker about the Pilgrims’ 1-0 win.

“Going back to Doncaster was nice, as a few of the fans were waving and asking for my autograph.

“When I do finish and if I do go into commentary, it probably won’t be like that. But it was nice to still be appreciated.

“Commentating is different to playing, but a good experience. I watch football as much as I can at home, or I do when my missus isn’t moaning about it or the kids are saying, ‘Daddy, come and play’.

“In the commentary box, I watched the game like I always do and tried to give my honest opinion. I tried not to be biased towards Doncaster.

“Obviously, I wanted them to win, but there were two good teams in League Two. Doncaster were the better team, but Plymouth did what they have done all season, stayed strong and solid and got the result.”

With United not in action today due to scheduled opponents Coventry City being at Wembley tomorrow in the Checkatrade Trophy final, the chasing pack have an opportunity to make up ground on the leaders.

“Experience always helps in life,” added Sharp. “If you have done it before, you know what might happen so you are ready. The lads who have not experienced it are focused, though.

“I spoke to Chris Basham the other week and asked him if he’d had a promotion. He hadn’t, and yet he would be the first person I would want in this type of situation.”