BBC Radio Cut Short Football Segment Over Billy Brown and Michael Stewart Argument

BBC Radio Cut Short Football Segment Over Billy Brown and Michael Stewart Argument

BBC Radio Scotland were forced to cut short a debate on the role of the football pundit after a heated argument broke out between Michael Stewart and Billy Brown.

Stewart is a regular guest on the channel’s daily football round-up, and he has previously been critical of Hearts during Brown’s time as a coach at the club under Gary Locke.

Gary Locke & Billy Brown

Locke and Brown were in charge at Tynecastle in the 2013/14 season when the club were relegated to The Championship amidst financial constraints and docked points.

And Stewart – a former Hearts midfielder – felt that the team at the time showed little signs of being coached properly, something Brown took great exception too.

Brown accusing Stewart of launching “personal” attacks and even claimed that Stewart is unpopular amongst the Scottish football community, saying: “He comes over as a know-it-all. He’s not done anything. He’s never been a coach.

“He professes to know where players should be in certain situations, he’s never had to coach that. He doesn’t know what it takes, what you need to run a team, what you need to run a club.”

Stewart tried to defend his punditry by insisting any criticism aimed at Brown and his colleagues was based purely on what he witnessed at the time.

Michael Stewart1

He said: “It upsets this individual because he was involved in it. My opinion was the team wasn’t set up properly.

“My two eyes are what forms my opinion. I say what I see. That is the fundamental basis that I come out with. He’s entitled to his opinion, he’s entitled to be upset, but don’t make it personal about me.”

The segment became heated pretty quickly and the pre-recorded discussion was cut short, with host Kenny Macintyre quickly admitting that a large chunk of the programme had to be edited out.

If you haven’t heart it yet, you can listen to the full episode here.

What do you think of the bust-up? Who is more in the right?

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