Hartlepool's Jeff Stelling reveals he is to remain on Soccer Saturday to the delight of football fans

Soccer Saturday legend Jeff Stelling has revealed he is to carry on presenting the show for at least another season.

Monday, 28th March 2022, 4:51 pm

Hartlepool-born Stelling announced last October that he would be leaving the role at the end of the 2021-22 campaign.

But the 67-year-old has decided to carry on for at least one more season adding the show is a ‘big part of my life’.

Reflecting on his decision, Stelling said: “Sky Sports is my home, and the Soccer Saturday team are a big part of my life.

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Jeff Stelling. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

“As the end of the season approached, and I was preparing to say goodbye, I realised that I was not ready to blow the final whistle and leave the best job in the world.

“I am thrilled to be staying, and excited about moving the show forward and creating more special Saturday afternoons on Sky Sports,” he told the Sky Sports website.

Sky Sports said Stelling had “decided to stay on as host for at least the 2022-23 season”, with managing director Jonathan Licht saying: “Football fans everywhere will be delighted that Jeff will continue to host Soccer Saturday.

“He is a massive part of Saturday afternoon life and everyone at Sky Sports shares the joy this news will bring.

“We just can’t get enough of Jeff, and can’t wait to bring more of his broadcasting magic to our viewers.”

In 1994, Stelling was handed the presenting role for Sports Saturday, which became Soccer Saturday four years later.

He was also the main host for the broadcaster’s live Champions League coverage between 2011 and 2015.

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