The BBC’s flagship football show, Match of the Day, has been a staple of Saturday night television for over 50 years. Hosted by the iconic Gary Lineker since 1999, the show has become a British institution, with millions of viewers tuning in each week to watch the highlights of the day’s Premier League action.
However, with Lineker’s contract set to expire in 2021, the BBC is now on the hunt for a new presenter to take the reins. So who could replace the former England striker?
One name that has been mentioned is Arsenal legend Thierry Henry. The Frenchman is a huge fan of the Premier League and has already had a successful stint as a pundit on Sky Sports. He is also a popular figure with the British public, and his presence on the show would be sure to draw in viewers.
Another potential candidate is James Corden. The British comedian and actor is a huge football fan and has already hosted the BBC’s FA Cup coverage. He is also a popular figure with the British public, and his presence on the show would be sure to draw in viewers.
Other names that have been mentioned include former England internationals Alan Shearer and Rio Ferdinand, as well as former Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho. All three have extensive experience in the game and would bring a wealth of knowledge and insight to the show.
Whoever the BBC chooses to replace Lineker, they will have big shoes to fill. Lineker has been a popular and successful presenter for over two decades, and his departure will be a huge loss for the show.
However, with the right choice, the BBC could ensure that Match of the Day remains a staple of Saturday night television for many years to come.