Yet one more Sky Sports activities presenter has revealed he’s leaving the broadcaster simply two weeks after half of their soccer reporting workforce was axed.
The presenter, who fronted one of many community’s marquee exhibits, had labored with Sky Sports activities for over twenty years.
Taking to Instagram, he wrote: ‘Sky sky for now.
‘After 21 and half years, as we speak I depart.
‘Large because of the corporate and all of the alternatives it is given me. It has been class.
Martin Tyler (left) and John ‘Fenners’ Fendley (proper) are two of the large names to depart Sky Sports activities this summer season
On Friday they had been joined by Fenners’ Soccer AM co-host Peter ‘Tubes’ Dale, who shared his farewell message on Instagram
‘BIG Like to everybody. Tubes.’
Peter ‘Tubes’ Dale was a long-running host of Soccer AM, which was cancelled by the broadcaster after almost 30 years on air in a transfer that got here amid a wave of shake-ups within the organisation.
Upon the announcement, plenty of well-known names, together with Frank Lampard, James Maddison, Jamie Redknapp, and John Terry, shared their good needs with the presenter.
Lampard wrote: ‘You’ve been greater than superb there. Proficient and an awesome lad. All the time a pleasure to work with. Wishing you all one of the best mate (blue coronary heart emoji)’
His cousin Redknapp added: ‘One in every of my favorite and most gifted folks I’ve labored with. Tremendous humorous and funky and by no means taken himself critically. Can’t wait to smash you at golf once more quickly. You may be an enormous success no matter you do (applause emoji)’.
As Mail Sport reported in June, Sky lower six of their 13-strong workforce of soccer reporters after a session over redundancies in April.
While some selected to go, and others could but be provided different roles, experienced and well-respected journalists together with Man Havord, Dickie Davis, Bianca Westwood, Greg Whelan, Lynsey Hooper and Jaydee Dyer won’t be persevering with of their present roles.
Veteran interviewer Geoff Shreeves is believed to have been requested to take a big pay-cut if he desires to proceed on the broadcaster in one other cost-cutting measure.
Shreeves first joined Sky Sports activities on the introduction of the Premier League in 1993, and is alleged to be contemplating his choices.
After 31 years of employment at Sky, he is likely to be entitled to a big redunancy package deal ought to he select to depart. He might also entice affords elswhere.
Soccer AM’s ultimate episode aired forward of the final match of the 2022-23 Premier League marketing campaign, on Could 27, and noticed Tubes, John ‘Fenners’ Fendley – who additionally ended his affiliation with Sky this month – and Jimmy Bullard joined by huge names together with Stormzy, Jack Whitehall, and Ilkay Gundogan.
Fendley equally took to social media to share his farewell to the broadcaster, writing: ‘A number of the crowd are on the pitch, they assume it is throughout. It’s now. Full time for me. Due to (Sky Sports activities) for some superb recollections.
‘Trying ahead to the long run and no matter would possibly come my method. See you all very quickly.’
Jimmy Bullard (second left) hosted the ultimate ever Soccer AM present on Saturday after 28 years
‘Tubes’ interviewed Manchester Metropolis captain Ilkay Gundogan on the ultimate ever present
Geoff Shreeves was requested to take a big pay-cut as a way to keep on the broadcaster
Each Lynsey Hooper (left) and Bianca Westwood (proper) had been lower from Sky Sports activities’ line-up
Jeff Stelling hosted his last-ever Soccer Saturday on the ultimate day of the 2022-23 marketing campaign
Within the wake of Soccer AM’s cancellation, Sky shared an announcement that claimed they had been trying to attune their programming to ‘the evolving wants’ of viewers.
A spokesperson for Sky stated: ‘Soccer AM has performed an essential position in our protection of soccer for the previous three a long time, and we frequently adapt to the evolving wants of our prospects.
‘We now go right into a interval of session to debate the proposed modifications with our folks. We’re unable to supply extra element whereas these consultations are underway.’
Extra high-profile departures from the organisation’s soccer protection embrace that of storied commentator Martin Tyler, who shall be changed by Peter Dury from the 2023-4 season, and legendary Soccer Saturday host Jeff Stelling, who introduced his intention to depart the flagship present in April.
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