Roberts happy in media spotlight
PUBLISHED: 10:28 30 March 2006 | UPDATED: 09:19 14 September 2010
Iwan Roberts won't be able to attend Saturday's showdown between two of his former clubs at Carrow Road - because he is working. The former Norwich and Leicester striker has been concentrating on a new career in the media since hanging up his boots at the end of last season and will be on duty for BBC Wales at the weekend.
Iwan Roberts won't be able to attend Saturday's showdown between two of his former clubs at Carrow Road - because he is working.
The former Norwich and Leicester striker has been concentrating on a new career in the media since hanging up his boots at the end of last season and will be on duty for BBC Wales at the weekend.
Roberts will be providing analysis in his native tongue as Cardiff City take on Southampton at St Mary's Stadium and, having already made quite an impression as a pundit, he is hoping to be doing the job on a full-time basis before too long.
The Canary legend hasn't ruled out the possibility of returning to the game he loves in a coaching capacity - but at the moment he feels his future is more likely to lie in front of a microphone or a television camera than a dug-out.
“The media work is keeping me very busy and I am really enjoying it,” said Roberts, who has found himself operating alongside another Welsh speaking ex-Canary, Malcolm Allen.
“I am doing loads of games for the BBC and also doing bits for Sky.
“I have only been doing it since September and it really does seem to suit me. I have had a great response from the people I have been working with. There's a big niche there for people like myself and Malcolm who are, as far as I know, the only players who can speak the language fluently.
“It's mainly in Welsh - but I do the odd bit in English as well.
“I am loving every minute of it and hopefully I will get a contract off BBC Wales during the summer and work solely for them.”
While Roberts is clearly enjoying life as a media pundit he is keeping an open mind on what the future holds.
“I have got to finish my 'A' licence at Aberystwyth during the summer and if I pass that then I'll become a fully qualified coach,” he said. “I don't know if coaching is what I want to do full time, because I am enjoying the media work so much - but if I can get the qualifications it will be a good thing to have up my sleeve because who knows what the future might bring?
“A opportunity might come along that is just too good to turn down, you just never know.”