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Mark Pougatch halts ITV broadcast as Euro 2024 pundit quits live on air

ITV Sport presenter Mark Pougatch looks on following the international friendly match between England and Wales at Wembley Stadium on October 08, 2020
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Mark Pougatch, the presenter of the Euro 2024 tie between Portugal and Turkey on Saturday evening, had a major announcement for the viewers. He interrupted the show to reveal that one of ITV's pundits was 'quitting' right then and there.

Pougatch has been sharing the main hosting responsibilities for ITV's coverage of the Euros with Laura Woods since the tournament in Germany started on June 14. It was he who was in charge as Group F took the spotlight, with both Portugal and Turkey aiming for their second win in just a few days.

Portugal, led by the 39-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo, emerged as convincing winners with a 3-0 victory. During the post-match discussions, Mark suddenly announced that pundit and Sheffield Wednesday boss Danny Rohl would be stepping down from his role to return to the UK for pre-season preparations.

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On Saturday, Danny shared the studio with former England, Chelsea and Juventus star Eni Aluko and ex-England and Manchester United right-back Gary Neville. As they have been over the past week, many viewers at home were impressed by his insights, making his departure a sad moment for them.

Following the announcement of his departure from ITV, one supporter expressed their disappointment to X: "Real shame Danny Rohl has to leave the ITV studio to go to Sheffield Wednesday pre-season, a welcome voice on the panel".

Another supporter tagged ITV Sport in their post saying, "thank you for giving us Danny Rohl. A refreshing choice, when it's easy to go with bigger household names. But his contributions have been insightful and informative. Nice to see a pundit give genuine opinions."