SOFTLY-SPOKEN Paul Scholes will be voiced by Julie Walters when he appears as a pundit on BT Sport.
The broadcaster has employed the star of Educating Rita to avoid a repeat of Phil Neville’s non-inflected World Cup droning.
A BT Sport spokesman said: “Julie will give the ginger number tens opinions warmth, depth and the occasional inexplicably sexy gurgling laugh.
“The voiceover technique will be a bit like what they used to do with Gerry Adams in the 80s, but less intentionally stupid.”
Walters has not yet revealed how she will tackle the new role, though it is believed she is working on a comic warbling voice that many hope will be a sort of Salford Mrs Overall’.
Meanwhile ITV plans to alleviate the tedium of its football punditry by doing a Champions League half-time segment as a Busby Berkeley Dream Sequence next season, with some pre-match chat being sung through by Martin ONeil and Lee Dixon to the music of Adele.