Jeff Stelling, popular Sky Sports host of Soccer Saturday, contemplating retirement

Mark Critchley
Jeff Stelling has presented Sky's Saturday results programme since 1994: Getty

Jeff Stelling, the long-standing anchor of Sky Sports’ popular Soccer Saturday programme, has revealed that he is contemplating retirement.

The 62-year-old presenter, named Sports Broadcaster of the Year for five successive years between 2005 and 2009, has gained popularity through his uniquely enthusiastic and professional style.

However, after spending more than 40 years in the industry, Stelling admits his thoughts have now turned to retirement.

“I don’t know how much longer I’ll do presenting. I’ve done it for 40 years,” he told the Daily Star.

“I am not sure how long it will go on for. I might want to put my feet up. I am getting on, the next decision will be retirement.”

“I want to stick my feet up on the beach. We spend as much time as we can in Portugal when it isn’t the football season. I love it there. I’d be very happy to spend a bit more time out there.”

Stelling began presenting Sports Saturday, which would later become Soccer Saturday, in 1994, alongside panels including the likes of Frank McLintock, George Best and Rodney Marsh.

The Hartlepool-born presenter hosted the Channel 4 game show Countdown from 2009 to 2001, replacing fellow sports anchor Des Lynam.

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