Reaction: Alan Hansen leaving Match of the Day

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.





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Kevin Coleman

Founder and co-editor of Back Page Football and current host of our 'Three At The Back' weekly podcast.

2 thoughts on “Reaction: Alan Hansen leaving Match of the Day

  1. What a shame. One of the most decorated and experienced pundits who always tells it like it is. Will be sorely missed.

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