Have you ever wanted to watch a former English Premier League star discussing the need to replace 1980s-style bannisters, the value of kitchen refurbs and knocking through interior walls to remodel living spaces?
Of course you have. So you’ll be thrilled that former Manchester United, Aston Villa and England striker Dion Dublin is the new presenter of BBC show Homes Under The Hammer. Despite its title, the program has nothing to do with West Ham striker Andy Carroll’s crib and everything to do with keeping unemployed people sitting on their sofas during the daytime, occupied until the good shows start later in the evening.
On this show, Dublin is pretty much be the equivalent of Taylor Twellman hosting Flip Or Flop on HGTV, which really should happen. Unless he’d rather do Love It Or List It. Think how much better Property Brothers would be if the brothers were Phil and Gary Neville.
Dublin was the EPL’s joint-top scorer with Michael Owen and Chris Sutton in 1997-98 but presumably is from that 1980s/90s generation of players who are comfortably off but not so rich that they don’t have to work. Hence his soccer punditry and current interest in property auctions.
Importantly, he also invented a percussion instrument called the Dube and played it on stage with Ocean Colour Scene in Norwich.