Kilbane kicked off his role with a special Outside Broadcast to launch Off the Ball’s Premier League Coverage on Wednesday August 10th in Copper Face Jacks.
Kevin will join Joe Molloy and Ger Gilroy in studio weeknights and will also be in the Premier League commentary box alongside Nathan Murphy and Dave McIntyre at the weekends.
Kevin is one of the most sought-after football pundits across the UK and Ireland; he’s played in a World Cup and spent over a decade in the Premier League, and will bring a wealth of knowledge and opinion to Off the Ball’s offering on-air and online at Newstalk.com.
Commenting on the announcement, Adrian Barry, Sports Editor at Newstalk 106-108fm, said: “This is a game-changing appointment for Off the Ball, and it’s testament to the quality and the dedication of the team that Kevin has joined, and also testament to the ambition of the station that we could make this happen. We’re all hugely excited to have someone of his pedigree contributing across the seven days of Off the Ball. Kevin has been reminded however that he’s not the top Ireland caps holder on the team, Brian O’Driscoll can still call seniority when it comes to tea duties!”
Speaking about his new appointment Kevin Kilbane said, “Firstly, I’d like to say how delighted I am to be joining Newstalk. I’d like to thank Adrian Barry and the team for giving me this opportunity. Off The Ball is a must listen for any sports fan and I hope to contribute to an already successful, well established and hugely entertaining show. Lastly, I’m looking forward to learning from the talented broadcasters and commentators that I’ll be working alongside and while I’m sure we’ll disagree over many topics I hope the listeners enjoy my contribution. Let’s get the ball rolling!”
Led by show anchors Ger Gilroy and Joe Molloy, the Off the Ball team delivers the most relevant and credible football analysis and commentary in the Irish market. Newstalk recently announced a three year extension to their live commentary agreement which will bring the association between Newstalk and the Premier League into a fifteenth season by its completion.
For further information on Newstalk’s 2016 Premier League coverage and fixtures, check out http://www.newstalk.com and follow the conversation on @Newstalkfm @OffTheBall and #TeamOTB