I would rather have James Allen back, actually. I seem to remember saying in the days of the original forum, the only reason they got rid of him was a silly internet hate campaign that has been taken too far and has had far too much frivolous influence on a serious decision making process.
Legard hasn’t improved at all. I think the people saying he has, are just trying to be diplomatic.
Yes Allen said some cringe-worthy embarrassing things but Legard is far worse. He alternates between unintelligible gabbling and low-decibel muttering…..and then that awful half-throated grunting/shouting, and all the time he is saying something painfully obvious because he doesn’t seem to have got it into his head that he isn’t on the radio any more and we can actually see the action.
I bet some people see these threads and think “come on, he’s just a commentator, get over it”. Well, it’s really annoying to have to listen this guy, he can make an exciting race seem boring. And I shouldn’t have to faff about switching to some red button “alternative” commentary or whatever.
The BBC should start listening to its viewers for once. Even if they don’t bring Allen back they should still get someone else….