Legendary football commentator Clive Tyldesley who has been the voice behind several memorable Champions League and International tournaments has been replaced as the main commentator by the ITV.
Tyldesley, who jumped ship from the BBC in 1996, claimed that he did not step down and this decision was entirely taken by the television network. The man behind the microphone expressed his thoughts with a video on Twitter where he claimed to be ‘baffled and upset’ behind the decision.
ITV have replaced me as their main football commentator… pic.twitter.com/S8UOjvwEck
— Clive Tyldesley (@CliveTyldesley) July 14, 2020
“I was told about three weeks ago, so I have had some time to get my head around the decision. But I haven’t got my head around it.
“To be clear, this is ITV’s decision not mine and I am upset, annoyed, baffled. I would have been interested with commentating the Euro 2020 final for them less than 48 hours ago.
“But now I won’t be commentating on any of the big England games in the coming year. And I’m going to miss them. I love this job — it’s gone.”
Tyldesley added that he is unaware of why such a decision was taken. He claimed that he is not suffering from any health issues contrary to the rumours going around.
“I totally respect ITV’s right to change their opinion of me, ITV have been really good for me and yes I will carry on as their No 2 commentator.
“But, let me make it quite clear – I have not stepped down, I have been moved aside. I’m just going to miss the England games so much, even more than I’ll miss the Champions League games and that is all.”
ITV expressed their gratitude to Tyldesley. Niall Sloane, the director of ITV Sport said:
“On behalf of ITV Sport, I would like to thank Clive for his superb work leading our commentary on some of the biggest occasions in world football throughout his outstanding career with us. We are very glad he will continue with us and look forward to working with him on many more occasions in the future.”
The network also announced that Sam Matterface would take over the reins as the main commentator.
Clive Tyldesley’s best works
The veteran commentator’s most iconic calls include “that night in Barcelona” where Manchester United secured their second Champions League in the dying minutes and also young Wayne Rooney’s scathing strike against Arsenal to end their 30-match unbeaten run.
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