ITV continue shake-up as Hoddle replaced by ex-Arsenal man as co-commentator

Date published: Thursday 6th August 2020 9:25

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Glenn Hoddle has been axed by ITV less than a month after Clive Tyldesley was removed from his role with the broadcaster.

ITV announced last month that lead commentator Tyldesley, 65, was being replaced by Sam Matterface, 42.

It was a decision which left Tyldesley “annoyed and baffled” after 22 years in the hotseat.

And now it has been confirmed that former England midfielder Hoddle has been forced to step down and will not co-commentate on England games.

Instead Hoddle, 62, will be replaced by former Arsenal and England defender Lee Dixon, 56.

An ITV spokesman said: “Glenn has been an excellent co-commentator and valued part of the ITV team.

“His deal has come to an end and going forward we are making a change in the co-commentator role, bringing in Lee Dixon, who has experience in this position and who, with his wealth of knowledge of expertise and insight will work well with Sam Matterface, our new lead commentator.”

 

 

 

Tyldesley, who has since taken up a job with Rangers TV, was distraught after being told the news in July.

He said: “To be clear this is ITV’s decision not mine and I’m upset, annoyed and baffled. I would have been interested in commentating the Euro 2020 final less than four hours ago, but now I will not be commentating on any of the big England games in the coming year.

“And I’m going to miss them I love this job and it’s gone. Why? I don’t know. I do not know why this decision has been taken.

“One or two sites are reporting that I have been sacked, well I guess I have from one job, but I’ve done nothing wrong.”

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