Jeff Stelling leaves Sky Sports Soccer on Saturday in a surprise career decision.
And now the truth behind the veteran broadcaster’s release has been revealed.
Jeff is leaving the iconic series due to the sacking of Phil Thompson, Charlie Nicholas and Matt Le Tissier this summer.
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An insider told The Sun: “Phil, Charlie and Matt weren’t just coworkers, they were buddies, and that means a lot to him. It is believed that Jeff hasn’t thought of anything but leaving since. during.
“He was just waiting for the right opportunity. If the three hadn’t been knocked out the way they were, Jeff would have stayed.
“Before I make the Newcastle squad news, I have some Sky Sports and Soccer squad news on Saturday to tell you about,” the presenter said on Saturday as he announced his exit.
“I’ll be at Sky for 30 years next year, I know it’s hard to believe with these youthful looks and I’ve hosted Soccer Saturday for about 25 years.
“I came to the decision, an incredibly difficult decision, that this will be my last season. It’s my decision, there was no pressure.
“Sky has been absolutely brilliant with me, as they always have. I don’t plan to retire, it really depends on the people.
“But it’s time to let someone else try out what’s the best job in the world. After all, I wouldn’t want to get to the point where I call Raith Rovers’ Roth Ravers’. I would ‘I do. don’t want that to happen at all.
“I’m going to be here until May, then quit the show and the company. It’s been about seven months of Saturday afternoon parties.”
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