Sky pundit who Ipswich ace mocked after promotion dubs them ‘sad’ and ‘immature’

Sky Sports pundit Don Goodman has retaliated at Ipswich players who took a dig at him during their promotion celebrations.

It seems that Goodman and promotion counterparts Leeds United were the main targets of jest from Ipswich’s stars as they lauded their return to the Premier League after consecutive promotions under Kieran McKenna. The joyous event saw active participation from players like Luke Woolfenden who expressed his opinions openly in front of the camera.

The celebrators chimed: “Leeds are falling apart again,” adapting their chant to Joy Division’s ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’. This ridiculing was specifically directed towards Daniel Farke’s team who, despite having scored 86 points with just six games left to wrap up, managed to win only one of those six, which led them to secure the third position, as stated by Mirror Online.

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However, the main uproar came when Woolfenden, an Ipswich player, made remarks about Sky Sports pundit Don Goodman. On camera footage revealed Woolfenden saying: “For six weeks now I’ve listened to Don Goodman tell us we’re not good enough to do anything in the Prem like we did in the Champ,” and then added: “We’re still going to finish mid-table [in the Championship], Don, but don’t worry about it.

In a chat with OLBG, Goodman fired back at the centre-back, expressing surprise that his comments hadn’t been edited out by Sky. He revealed: “Paul Gilmore, the Sky reporter, called me to warn that it (player jibes) happened and had gone out unedited on Sky News (YouTube channel) when it wasn’t supposed to. It was really kind of Paul but I was very surprised, to be honest.”

Defending his character, Goodman emphasised his positive sentiments towards Ipswich Town, even stating that he is on cordial terms with Kieran McKenna: “I’ve been nothing but complimentary about Ipswich Town from the moment they beat Sunderland on the opening day up until their promotion was confirmed,” he said.

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The Ipswich Town bus parade arrives at Christchurch Park in the town as the club celebrates promotion to the Premier League.

“I was surprised after shaking hands with Kieran McKenna, Sam Morsy, Wes Burns and Leif Davies prior to kick-off on Saturday.” Reflecting on the recent events, Goodman believes that his comments prior to Ipswich’s face-off with rivals Norwich may have unsettled the Tractor Boys: “Perhaps it was me saying before the derby game that Norwich could beat Ipswich at Carrow Road if they ‘brought their A-game’ I then got dog’s abuse while walking through Ipswich fans at Carrow Road and that wasn’t pleasant!

Goodman also criticised Woolfenden, calling the 25-year-old “immature” and suggested that the player’s comments might have been sparked by an article he had written. He said: “It just seems like Luke Woolfenden has a problem with me rather than anyone else at the club. I’m going to be a grown-up about it, but unfortunately Luke has been a little immature. The headline of the offending article read ‘Goodman predicts Norwich to beat Ipswich’ which I categorically did not.

“Maybe some Ipswich supporters saw that without reading the whole piece and what I actually said, which was nothing outrageous. The only other thing I can think of that Luke may have taken personally was my observation reference what it usually takes from a defensive perspective to get into the top 2 of the Championship.”

Sky Sports pundit Don Goodman
Sky Sports pundit Don Goodman

Goodman, who scored 162 goals in his career, expressed his bewilderment at Woolfenden’s comments and argued that he wouldn’t be able to keep such a position if he worked for a broadcaster like Sky Sports. He stated: “If Luke can find any footage where, quoting him, I’ve called them ‘crap all season’ he needs to dig it out and show me. In fact, I don’t think I would have kept my job with Sky Sports if I was calling Ipswich ‘crap’ all season.

“I don’t know what Luke has heard or seen but I feel really sad that on the biggest and best day of his footballing life, he’s thinking about me. Go and celebrate with your friends and family, you have just achieved the most incredible thing.

“Unfortunately, I feel sad that Luke has got me on his brain even though I’ve praised them all season long. “However, this ex-West Brom striker managed to end on a high, extending well-wishes to Ipswich Town and their journey ahead in the Premier League, expressing: “Good luck to Luke and good luck to Ipswich in the Premier League next season.

“I hope, as I do with every team from the Championship, they fly the flag and do really well because everyone is saying promoted teams cannot compete. Of course they can.”.