The Telegraph broke the story last night that Alan Hansen would be leaving BBC’s Match of the Day after two decades on the show.
The former Liverpool defender and three-time European Cup winner will step down after the 2014 World Cup. His announcement was met with a mixed reaction from Twitter people, some glad to see him move on while others will miss his familiar face on Saturday nights.
Having been a central figure in the BBC’s football coverage since the inception of the Premier League in 1992, the former Liverpool captain will not pursue a new contract to remain on the programme when his deal expires next July.
After rejecting alternative offers from Sky, ITV and even the chance to become manager of Manchester City during his two decades on Match of the Day, Hansen insists he will be leaving a programme that remains at the heart of football in this country.
Big fan of Alan Hansen. Sorry he’s leaving MOTD next year. Never understood stick he got recently. Very, very accomplished broadcaster.
(via The Telegraph)
— Oliver Holt (@OllieHolt22) September 4, 2013
HANSEN IS GOOOOOONE. PARTY ROUND MINE. EVERYONE’S INVITED. Except Lawrenson, Hansen, Shearer and Chiles. They’re not allowed to come. — Footballista (@Fo0tballista) September 4, 2013
A bit gutted Hansen is leaving MOTD, best of an awful bunch.
— Joe Izzard (@JOESOMSISTEMA) September 4, 2013
Hallelujah! Alan Hansen to leave Match of the Day next summer.
— Dale @Stretty News (@StrettyNews) September 4, 2013
It will be crazy having #MOTD without Hansen – a mainstay as long as I can remember!
— ArmchairLFCManager (@craigdiceiple) September 4, 2013
They’ll probably replace Alan Hansen with someone just as good like Michael Owen or Robbie Savage
— Matt Kindon (@mattmcfc98) September 4, 2013