Alan Shearer is one of several football broadcasters to issue a public show of support for Clive Tyldesley after he was demoted from his role as ITV’s main football commentator.
The Match of the Day pundit and former England striker joined his BBC colleagues Gabby Logan, Dan Walker and Chris Stark, as well as Sky Sports presenter Jeff Stelling, in sending messages of encouragement to the 65-year-old former voice of the Champions League in the UK.
Shearer replied to video posted by Tyldesley in which he expressed sadness and confusion over the decision to replace him with Talksport’s chief football commentator Sam Matterface.
Tyldesley said in the two-minute clip: “I’m upset, annoyed, baffled… I would have been entrusted with commentating the Euro 2020 final… but now I won’t be commentating on any of the big England games and I’m going to miss them. I love this job, and it’s gone.”
Shearer responded: “You’re brilliant Clive and you will continue to be brilliant.”
Tyldesley commentated on most of Shearer’s 63 England caps, including at the 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000 in his capacity as ITV’s lead commentator, as well as both his FA Cup finals with Newcastle among other domestic games, before they went head to head on rival channels.
Meanwhile, Gabby Logan, who worked with Tyldesley on ITV’s Champions League coverage before switching to the BBC, added her words to the flood of tributes on Twitter.
Logan said: “Always enjoyed working with you Clive. I am pretty sure we will keep hearing your insightful commentary for years to come xx”.
Football Focus host Dan Walker added: “Always enjoyed listening to you big man… and sitting next to you. Hopefully see you soon. Sorry for the news.”
Chris Stark, who presents BBC radio shows such as ‘That Peter Crouch Podcast’ and is a friend of Tyldesley, wrote: “So arguably one of the best broadcasters in the world is available… this guy’s passion, dedication and delivery is in his own lane.
“A top bloke I feel lucky to call a mate. Keep going lad.”
Shortly after the announcement, Soccer Saturday host Stelling accused ITV of ageism for reducing the status of his fellow 65-year-old broadcaster.
He said: “Clive does more prep and stats than me – and his are useful! Baffling as you are as good as ever! Oh I forgot Clive you are 65. Ageism alive and well in UK broadcasting.”
ITV Sport has said Tyldesley will still be part of the team for major tournaments.
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