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JOE Evans has every die-hard Manchester United fan’s dream job.

He works as a commentator and presenter for Manchester United’s in-house TV station - MUTV.

Joe, 27, always wanted to become a sports journalist since he began following the fortunes of his favourite team in the Manchester Evening News as a young teenager.

Surprisingly from a young age, the Bacup lad was very interested in the younger players and always read reports on the reserves by Cliff Butler. It was an interest that would serve him well.

Joe was only in his middle teens when he arrived at the Rossendale Free Press office on work experience - an enthusiastic A-level student with an easy charm that everyone warmed to.

His first taste of journalism whetted his appetite for the profession and he went on to complete a three-year degree in Journalism, Media and TV at Manchester University.

During the course another stint of work experience on a Manchester cable TV network brought Joe the contacts and experience that would initially shape his career.

And it also brought him his first scoop when he suggested doing an interview with a cricketer he believed was destined for big things.

The cricketer in question was one Andrew Flintoff - at the time a raw 18-year-old.

Joe smiled: ‘It was his first interview for TV and some people do not believe me when I tell them that I did his first television interview.

‘It is funny to look at it now because he was just starting out. I was making the point that he could be the next Ian Botham.

‘I said and "He can bat" and it cut to him batting and "He can bowl" and it showed him bowling.’

During the interview young Flintoff declared somewhat ominously: ‘I like hitting the ball’.

Nobody has any doubt about that one now.

Joe explained: ‘He was really confident and I was bowled over by how confident he was.’

Joe added: ‘I did lots of little things like that. It gave me a good base and I could not have done that if I had gone to some of the bigger broadcasters for work experience.’

The two sports reporters working on the cable station then left and Joe was thrown in at the deep end in a sinking network.

But Joe was wise enough to turn down a permanent job offer and return to University to complete his degree.

When he graduated he then applied for various posts and that included a letter to the former cable sports reporters, who were now working for MUTV.

He explained: ‘They asked me in for a couple of weeks work experience and I got a job when someone left and ended up as a researcher/reporter - the bottom of the pile.

‘I do a little bit of everything now. Commentating, presenting, producing, documentary making and reporting. That is the way of things and we edit our own stuff.’

Joe explained: ‘I never get that close to the players. I get asked sometimes if players like Ryan Giggs would know me. The answer is no but he might recognise my face. The players are all different.

‘Roy Keane has this fearsome aura but is really intelligent and his answers are well thought out and he is polite. He will pull you up if you do not know things but he is not this monster that he is painted.’

And what about the Keane interview that ended his career?

He smiled: ‘I was doing an interview with Ruud van Nistlerooy at the time. It created an enormous amount of publicity and if I had £1 for every time I was asked about it since I would be a millionaire. It was perhaps made into a monster that it was not. I have seen the tape but it was just Roy Keane speaking from the heart.

‘It was after the Middlesbrough game and it was one of the worst games that I have ever seen United play. Keane was asked how the goals came about and he said what he thought.

‘There was a lot of reaction but we had to follow a standard line and knew our own interview, so it was not really an issue for staff at the TV station. I do not know if they were right to pull it because it got serialised in the newspapers.’

The upshot was that the wrath of Sir Alex Ferguson descended on Keane and his contract was terminated.

And what is Fergie like to interview?

Joe explained: ‘He is very different to what you read about him and he is very jovial. He has mellowed but he must have been a fearsome prospect 10 year ago. But that said, the first time I interviewed him I asked things that perhaps I should not and was pulled up. I was shaking before and after the interview.

‘But it is not Pravda-like and you can ask a naughty question. When United lost 4-1 to City, there was a lot of pressure on him. The rolling contract thing was coming out and I asked him something like "Was this his hardest time as Manchester United manager" and he stopped and asked me to start again.

‘But that is maybe because other sections of the media could have lifted the quotes and made something out of it. Sir Alex is still the interview to do.’

And how has the takeover by Malcolm Glazer changed the club?

Joe said: ‘It has unfortunately split United fans. People have gone and set up a rival club and I can understand the concept of that and it is not as expensive to take children. Some fans have completely left the club and others have stayed and it has caused friction among fans but you have to give people a chance.

‘They have spent considerable money over the last six months to bring players in and they are committed to spending £30M on a world class midfielder in the summer. They have gone on record with that and apparently the money is available.’

This season was a real breakthrough for Joe when he took over the mike for United‘s Champions League trip to Benfica.

Joe explained: ‘The main commentator could not do the game. I got to travel with the team and did the match commentary. Pat Crerand was the co-commentator. Unfortunately it was a terrible night for the team but it was a challenging exercise for me. I had to do the build-up to a massive game in the Stadium of Light and then commentate on the game. I had reached what I had always wanted to do.

‘I have not gone into the job for the money because it is not there. But I have always wanted to get up in the morning and go to a job that I wanted to do.’

For Manchester United fans, jobs do not come much better.

The title of the thread says it all
 

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Great read muf, appreciate it.

And also very interesting of him to reveal Glazer's plans for the summer.
 

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Red Bed said:
Btw, dream job is actually playing for United or maybe managing them.

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You need to be a special talent or to be damm lucky if you want the above 2 job,but being a host is also a dream job and only lucky peoples can have that job
 
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