Jeff Stelling makes fresh statement on Sky Sports future after pundits axed

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Jeff Stelling has appeared to confirm he is considering quitting his role at Soccer Saturday after his ‘best mates’ were axed by Sky Sports.

Phil Thompson, Matt Le Tissier and Charlie Nicholas were all given the boot by Sky Sports earlier this week as the company plans a major revamp of its popular Soccer Saturday show.

Along with Stelling and former Arsenal midfielder Paul Merson, the trio have helped make the programme one of the most popular shows among football fans over the years.

And there could be more bad news on its way for fans if Stelling decides to walk out in the light of the changes.

He tweeted: "Thanks for all the messages of support – and even for most of those who have a different view, as I believe in free speech.

"So far no discussions have taken place, no decisions made.

"Only I know what I am thinking but it is important to listen to all arguments.

"Thanks again."

His tweet comes just a few days after Stelling shared his devastation at the news he would no longer be working on the desk with the trio.

He wrote: "One of my saddest days ever at Sky Sports with the departure of three of my best mates.

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"They have been part of a team that for me was the best."

It’s unclear who Sky Sports plan to replace the outgoing trio with and they’ll also be on the lookout for a new presenter after Scott Minto was shown the door.

The former West Ham and Chelsea defender had been the face of their LaLiga and EFL coverage for 13 years but his services are no longer required.

Minto posted on Twitter: “It is with a heavy heart that after 13 incredible years with Sky Sports I share the news that I will no longer be working with Sky and be part of their ongoing football coverage.

“While the decision wasn’t mine, I leave Sky with nothing but fond memories of covering the EFL, Play-Off’s, Carabao Cup, Spanish Football, Revista De La Liga, and many more.

“It has been a truly fantastic experience and a privilege to work with, and alongside, so many talented individuals.

“I would like to wish the staff and teams at Sky all the very best for the forthcoming season – a season which is set to be truly spectacular both in the Premier League and EFL.

“I am hugely excited by the future and will be sharing news soon of my next project. I look forward to being back on the screen soon.”

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