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Jeff Stilling ‘enters talks with Amazon and BBC’ after leaving Sky Sports after 30 years

Jeff Stelling has reportedly entered talks with Amazon and the BBC about broadcasting roles after leaving Sky Sports at the end of the season.

The legendary broadcaster ended his 30-year association with football on Saturday in the final game of the Premier League season.

Stelling had previously planned to step down a year earlier, before taking the detour to stay on as host for another season.

According to the Telegraph, Stelling has already been approached about offering roles on rival broadcasters.

The 68-year-old has reportedly been targeted by BBC Radio 5 Live and Amazon Prime, who are keen to secure his services.

Jeff Stilling has reportedly been approached by Amazon and the BBC about streaming roles

He left Stelling Sky Sport's Soccer on Saturdays at the end of the season after 30 years as presenter

He left Stelling Sky Sport’s Soccer on Saturdays at the end of the season after 30 years as presenter

Amazon is set to broadcast Champions League matches for the first time in the UK from 2024, as part of a three-year deal struck with UEFA last year.

The streaming service will share rights with TNT Sports, previously known as BT Sport, after UEFA dropped its exclusivity model.

Stelling would be in line to head Amazon coverage, if he agreed to join the broadcaster.

He is said to have to take a period of Sky’s gardening leave, before he can agree a contract with a competitor.

Stelling has been a mainstay of Saturday football throughout its long run and first joined the show in 1994 under its previous title, Sports Saturday.

“It all feels like an out-of-body experience (with my body, you might want to get out of it),” Stelling tweeted after his passing.

I wanted to thank everyone for the huge number of kind messages.

I’ll take a few weeks to weigh my options and then decide what’s next.

Amazon Prime may reportedly offer Stelling a presenter role for UEFA Champions League coverage

Amazon Prime may reportedly offer Stelling a presenter role for UEFA Champions League coverage

His departure from the popular weekly broadcaster followed the departures of previous presenters Phil Thompson, Charlie Nicholas and Matt Le Tissier.

The trio were sacked in August 2020 after Sky were selected to undergo a revamp, with Stelling describing the move as ‘one of the saddest days for me at Sky Sports’.

Chris Kamara also left Saturday football at the end of last season after revealing he had a speech disorder.

Post Sport It revealed EXCLUSIVELY last week that Sky Sports had sacked half of its football reporting team in a brutal cost-cutting exercise, with veteran interviewer Geoff Shreves being told to take a massive pay cut.

The rest of Sky’s decisions were made after consultations over layoffs in April, with six football reporters cut from their 13-man squad, although some have opted to go voluntarily and others may be offered replacement roles.

Due to Sky Sports’ cost cuts, seasoned and respected journalists such as Guy Hafford, Dickie Davis, Bianca Westwood, Greg Whelan, Lindsey Hooper and Jade Dyer will not continue in their current roles.

Emma Saunders appears to be the only female reporter who survived the execution, along with David Craig, Patrick Davidson, Jonathan Oakes, Johnny Phillips, and Luke Shanley.



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