Time with the ball at his feet has Phillips feeling comfortable with the microphone in his hand
Crystal Palace striker Kevin Phillips is best known for his many years as a professional footballer, but when he finally hangs up his boots he already has a ready-made role to walk in to – should the urge take him.
The 40-year-old is one of a band of footballers who have been a regular behind the Sky Sports microphone, and while he has not committed his future to a life in the media, he is not completely turning it down.
But it is a job that comes with challenges and pressures not too dissimilar to those on the football pitch – something that appeals to the veteran of more than 600 appearances at eight different clubs.
“When all I have done is kick a ball around for 20 years, it is not that difficult to talk about it into a microphone,” he said.
“But you do have to be very careful with what you say and that brings a pressure with it.”
He added: “I had some training about five years ago and that really helped, but the best thing about it is getting that buzz from watching live football.
“As long as you get the balance right, don’t say the wrong thing and don’t get too carried away, it is fine.”
Whether he takes up the microphone permanently is open to discussion, because the popular hitman has made no decisions yet.
"As a footballer you learn that anything can happen, and so as much as I enjoy the commentating I don't know whether I'll do more when I retire," he said.
"Who knows what will happen?"
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