Jeff Stelling to step down as Soccer Saturday host at the end of the season
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Stelling has been the face of Saturday afternoon football for a generation of fans, having spent more than 25 years as the host of Sky’s flagship live scores show.
The 66-year-old announced his decision on Saturday’s show and received a standing ovation from his colleagues at Studio Sky.
“I loved every moment of my 30 years with Sky,” Stelling said. “But like every Saturday afternoon, it’s finally time to blow the final whistle. “It’s my decision – there was no pressure. Sky has been absolutely awesome to me, as they always have been.” I have no plans to retire, but it’s about time to let someone else try the best job in the world. “
Sky Sports chief executive Jonathan Licht paid tribute to Stelling, who will continue to lead football on Saturday until the end of the campaign.
“Jeff is a true broadcast legend and has played a significant role in the growth and popularity of Sky Sports over the past 30 years,” he said. “Jeff’s pure passion and dedication to the game set him apart and made Soccer Saturday a fixture for millions of fans every Saturday afternoon. Goals, laughs, red cards and missed red cards helped create one of the most popular TV shows in the sport and Jeff was the centerpiece of it.
“Jeff will be sorely missed, but we are delighted that he will lead the team until the end of the season. There will rightly be many tributes to Jeff, and Sky Sports will give him the big start in May that his remarkable and enduring contribution deserves. “
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