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Jeff Stelling Considering Quitting Sky Sports After Soccer Saturday Sackings

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Jeff Stelling Considering Quitting Sky Sports After Soccer Saturday Sackings

Jeff Sterling is reportedly considering walking away from Sky Sports following the dismissals of three of his long-time colleagues and mates.

It's been confirmed that Matt Le Tissier, Charlie Nicholas and Phil Thompson, all regulars on Soccer Saturday, have all be sacked with a year left on their contracts.

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The line from Sky was: "We are changing some parts of our football coverage. Matt, Charlie and Phil have done a great job for us over the years, and they will leave us with our sincere thanks and very best wishes."

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Paul Merson has had his services retained but Stelling, who took to Twitter to say it was "one of my saddest days ever at Sky Sports", could quit in response to the overhaul, as per the Daily Mail.

The 65-year old has been the anchor for the live goals show for 25 years but is said to be "stunned" and "disillusioned" with the decision.

Having developed a special kind of rapport with Le Tissier, Thompson and Nicholas, Stelling is now apparently weighing up whether he could potentially replicate that with any new additions to the team in the studio.

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The report notes that Stelling's deal with Sky has a lengthy notice period and so unless he comes to some sort of agreement with employers, he could still be doing all the goal updates across the leagues for when the season starts next month.

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Sky Sports are implementing wholesale changes across the board as they change up their approach.

Former Chelsea and West Ham defender, Scott Minto, who fronted coverage of the EFL, La Liga and Carabao Cup, has been axed after 13 years with the company.

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What's more, The Telegraph say Goals on Sunday with Chris Kamara and The Debate show are also expected to be nixed from the schedule, following on from the move to get rid of Sunday Supplement.

The names of Alex Scott and Micah Richards have been mentioned as Sky look for replacements ready for the new season start in two weeks, while presenter Laura Woods is set to head up the channel's Carabao Cup coverage.

Topics: Football News, Football, Soccer Saturday, Jeff Stelling, Sky Sports

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