Jeff will retire after more than 25 years at the helm of Soccer Saturday; “It’s time to let someone else prove what the best job in the world is,” Jeff announces.
Jeff Stelling will leave Soccer on Saturday at the end of the season, saying “it’s time to let someone else try what is the best job in the world.”Fight
Jeff made his announcement live during this weekend’s Football Saturday, the Sky Sports program he has helped make him a fixture for UK football fans for more than 25 years as their award-winning host.
“I have come to the incredibly difficult decision that this will be my last season,” Jeff said.
“This is my decision, there has been no pressure. Sky has been absolutely brilliant with me, as he always has been.
“I don’t intend to retire, but it’s time to let someone else try what is the best job in the world.”
The announcement was met with a standing ovation from the experts at Soccer Saturday.
Jeff has been synonymous with Saturday afternoon soccer for decades, thrilling soccer fans across the country. Jeff’s unique broadcasting ability, his passion for the game, and humor have made Soccer Saturday a must-see event for fans and won him a multitude of awards.
“I’ve loved every moment of my 30 years with Sky, but like every Saturday afternoon, it’s finally time to blow the final whistle,” added Jeff. “I am proud to have been a part of such a winning team for so long and look forward to the many more special Saturday football moments for the remainder of this season, and perhaps even another promotional boost from Hartlepool United.”
Jonathan Licht, Managing Director of Sky Sports, added: “Jeff is a true broadcasting legend and has been a big part of Sky Sports’ growth and popularity over the past 30 years. Jeff’s sheer passion and dedication to the game has set him apart and made Soccer Saturday a fixture for millions of fans every Saturday afternoon. Goals, laughs, red cards and missed red cards have helped create one of the most popular television shows in the world. sport and Jeff has been the centerpiece of that.
“We will miss Jeff very much, but we are delighted that he is leading the team until the end of the season. There will be many tributes to Jeff, and Sky Sports will give him the big send-off in May that his remarkable and lasting contribution deserves.”