Jeff Stelling, 68, has announced he’s leaving Soccer Saturday after more than 25 years fronting the Sky Sports show.
Stelling, who joined Sky in 1992, has become an award-winning presenter on the show, but has now said his last show will be on May 28, which is final day of the Premier League season.
Teasing his departure, he initially joked on Saturday’s programme that it was ‘groundhog day’ as it approached ‘that time of the year, every year when I announce that I am leaving.’
However, he insisted that ‘this time it is true.’
‘I’ve been at Sky for more than 30 years and loved every moment of my time as part of the Soccer Saturday team,’ he said.
‘It is now the right time to move on and give Sky Sports viewers a break from my relentless rants, bad gags, and over-the-top celebrations of Hartlepool United goals. It’s been a lot of fun – for me at least!’
Jeff Stelling assured this time it is ‘true’ that he’s leaving (Picture: Sky Sports)
His announcement earned him a round of applause from the show’s panel of guests this weekend.
Commenting on Stelling’s departure, Twitter users expressed their sadness.
‘Sad farewell to the legend that is Jeff Stelling,’ one person wrote.
‘Legend of the sport,’ declared another.
‘Sorry to hear this. JS is a broadcasting great imho and I for one will miss him on Soccer Saturday. Enjoy your retirement Jeff!’, one viewer added.
Sky Sports Director of Football Gary Hughes responded: ‘After a brilliant 30+ year career at Sky, including over 25 years as the much-loved host of Soccer Saturday, Jeff Stelling is leaving Sky Sports at the end of the current football season.
Stelling joined Sky in 1992 (Picture: REX/Shutterstock)
‘Jeff has been synonymous with Saturday afternoon football for decades, exciting and enthusing football fans everywhere. His unique broadcasting ability and passion for the game has made Soccer Saturday an unmissable fixture for fans and has won him a multitude of awards.
‘He will be sorely missed. Sky Sports will give him the great send off his remarkable and enduring contribution deserves before he leaves us at the end of May to spend more Saturdays with his beloved Hartlepool United.’
This isn’t the first time the presenter has vowed to leave the show, however.
In March 2022, Stelling said that he would step down last October.
But he later decided to stay on.
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