‘Dinosaur’ Des Lynam picks on World Cup presenter Laura Woods with ‘wince’ claim

Des Lynam has come under fire after savaging Laura Woods and her presenting style on ITV Sport during the World Cup.

Lynam, who worked as Match of the Day presenter from 1988 to 1999, also worked at ITV Sport but was not impressed with the 'ever-smiling' Woods as she hosted the likes of Ian Wright and Gary Neville as the Netherlands played Senegal and Wales took on the United States.

He wrote in his column on The Telegraph: "This was the first live match for ITV and was presented by the ever–smiling Laura Woods. She has done quite a lot of presentation work on both radio and television and comes over as both confident and capable.

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"She called Ian Wright ‘Wrighty’ which sounds comfortable coming from the likes of Lineker but it made me slightly wince. I may be wrong and perhaps they are close friends but the over-familiarity made me a touch uncomfortable."

But Lynam has come under fire since criticising Woods, with one Twitter user branding the 80-year-old a "dinosaur". Another wrote: "Someone tell old man Lynam that @laura_woodsy probably is good mates with @IanWright0."

"What a strange thing to take away from that! The fact @laura_woodsy and @IanWright0 work together a lot on ITV women’s football coverage probably suggests they are good friends.

"Perhaps some research for Mr Lynam before doing a piece really not fit for the Telegraph! Pathetic."

And this tweeter posted: "Telegraph author getting annoyed that Laura called Ian Wright “Wrighty” is one of the dumbest things I’ve ever seen."

Woods has flourished as a sports presenter in recent years where she has worked with the likes of ITV Sport, Sky Sports and DAZN. Since 2020, she has been the main presenter on talkSPORT's breakfast show on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays while Alan Brazil presents Thursdays and Fridays.

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