…By Joseph Benjamin for TDPel Media.
Sky Sports is currently searching for a replacement for Jeff Stelling, who will be stepping down as the host of the popular show Soccer Saturday after nearly 30 years.
According to The Sun, Sky Sports presenter Adam Smith is currently leading the race to succeed Stelling.
Smith, who hosts The Saturday Social, stood out during screen tests and was interviewed discreetly last year.
Many fans expressed surprise at the prospect of Smith taking on the role, given his typically laid-back presenting style, but it’s understood that he handled the plate-spinning presenter role well during the tests.
Stelling is regarded as a national treasure and has been the host of Soccer Saturday for more than 25 years.
His unique mental football glossary, endearing wit, and infectious energy helped to make Soccer Saturday one of the most popular weekend programs in the UK.
Stelling’s on-screen camaraderie with former players such as Paul Merson, Charlie Nicholas, Chris Kamara, Matt Le Tissier, and Phil Thompson also contributed to the show’s success.
Smith has received support from fans, but some have questioned whether he has the eloquence required to match Stelling’s performance.
While he is not the only person in contention for the role, he is said to have stood out during the screen tests, which is a promising sign.
The announcement of Stelling’s replacement is eagerly anticipated by fans, who are hoping for someone who can match his unique style and charisma.