Sky Sports sack three Soccer Saturday legends

Sky Sports stalwarts Matt Le Tissier, Charlie Nicholas and Phil Thompson have all be sacked from their roles as Soccer Saturday match summarisers.

The vastly experienced trio, who between them had racked up 50 years of service combined, were dismissed on Tuesday as part of ongoing cuts at Sky.

Le Tissier, 51, had recently taken a break from social media after courting controversy over the course of the coronavirus pandemic.

The former Southampton star urged the public to ‘look beyond the headlines and government propaganda’ in a lengthy post on Twitter

He also caused controversy when he wore a Black Lives Matter badge on air, despite claiming on social media that he did not fully support the movement.

Le Tissier, along with fellow regulars Thompson and Nicholas, formed a strong on screen relationship with long-serving host Jeff Stelling who has survived the cull.

Thompson won 16 major honours with Liverpool and served as assistant manager to the likes of Gerard Houllier.

Nicholas, meanwhile, was a cult hero during his five years at Arsenal during which he scored the winning goal in the 1987 league cup final win over Liverpool.

It remains to be seen who will replace the outgoing legends, but it is almost certain that a younger, more diverse line-up will be on show next season.

The likes of former Wolves goalkeeper Matt Murray and ex-Liverpool striker Neil Mellor have made regular appearances in recent years.

BT Sport’s rival show, BT Score, meanwhile, regularly employs the expertise of Rachel Brown-Finnis and Karen Carney.

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