Broadcaster & Presenter
Over the past decade, Ian Irving has become one of the most familiar faces to the international audience of the most famous football league in the world.
Ian has fronted the coverage of some of the biggest stories on the biggest names in the Premier League, reported touchline at some of the division’s most iconic matches while also hosting fans’ phone-ins and presenting fantasy football debate; he’s both capable and versatile.
And his influence doesn’t stop there as a regular at the press conferences of Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho and a contributor to UK radio station, TalkSPORT and a selection of popular podcasts.
Authentic, genuine and informed, Ian is now one of the longest serving broadcasters on Premier League TV, having started as a junior news reporter at just 23 – working on some of the most significant stories in the history of English football including Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement and his farewell title finale.
He’s now a regular host of Fanzone – the Premier League’s global supporters’ phone-in show – and has also presented the Fantasy Premier League Show and anchored Premier League News, live on the scene of major, breaking stories.
Ian is also a familiar face on MUTV presenting live match coverage of Belgium’s warm-up friendlies for World Cup 2018, the behind-the-scenes diary show Inside the Tour and his old favourite United Jukebox – unveiling David de Gea’s love of Slayer and Patrice Evra’s Rasta karaoke skills, amongst other questionable discoveries.
During the past year, his insight and expertise has made him a regular guest on the number one football podcast, the Totally Football Show with James Richardson. His podcast portfolio also includes presenting the Telegraph’s Total Football Show and the Botham Line with Danny Higginbotham.
In radio, Ian has featured heavily on TalkSPORT and TalkSPORT2 with the inside track of life in the football heartland of Manchester. And that unique insight has also led to appearances on television stations across the globe including NBC, BeIN Sports, Fox Sports Asia, RMC France and Sportsnet Canada. He’s covered Champions League, Europa League and FA Cup ties for Fox Soccer USA too.
Ian originally began his career at hometown Manchester TV station Channel M, working his way up from work experience to the sports anchor of the flagship daily news programme Channel M Today.
A proud Mancunian; he did cross the Pennines briefly to study Journalism at the University of Sheffield, graduating in 2007, before settling back in his hometown.
He’s now lives in Manchester city centre, with his wife, Claire and sassy cat, Mace.