Soccer AM presenter felt ‘this is awful’ while hosting iconic Sky Sports show

The old saying about never meeting one's heroes can also apply to favourite television shows, as Andy Goldstein found out the hard way after joining the Soccer AM staff in 2007.

It was after Tim Lovejoy's departure from the set that Goldstein was drafted in to partner 22-year veteran Helen Chamberlain. However, the post proved a short-lived one after Max Rushden was brought in to replace Goldstein in 2008.

Speaking about his brief time on the show ahead of Saturday's final episode, Goldstein said he was 'not really' sad to see the show reach its conclusion. And he even went so far as to explain how he thought the programme was 'awful' after coming on board.

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“The problem was that when I took over from Tim, it was a little bit like David Moyes taking over from Sir Alex Ferguson – you’re on a hiding to nothing," explained the talkSPORT host. “But when Tim left he also took all the writers with him, so I turned up and there was just no blueprint whatsoever left of that show, and I didn’t really enjoy it.

“I remember about four or five weeks in, I was sitting on the couch just thinking, ‘This is awful’, which is really sad because it was just such a phenomenon. Tim and Helen were just unbelievable doing that show. Then there was me sitting on the famous orange sofa with the dream job thinking, ‘Oh, it’s not as good as when I used to watch it.'"

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Soccer AM made its debut on screens in 1994, but it wasn't until Chamberlain joined the following year (and Lovejoy in 1996) that it really started to discover its groove. The show also saw other crew members like Tubes, Rocket, Fenners and Sheephead achieve cult status in the British football scene.

Despite Sky's decision to remove the Saturday morning staple, features like Tubes' One Question, Skill Skool, Third Eye and The Crossbar Challenge will live long in memory. Goldstein eventually walked back his earlier comment to correct that he would be sad it's finished – not that he's tuned in for some time.

"I was really honoured to be part of it. I made lots of friends and I still speak to the gang – Tubes, Rocket and Adam as well," he continued. "Really honoured that it’s on my CV, but I haven’t watched it for years. And not for any other reason other than I just don’t have time to sit in front of the telly on a Saturday morning."

One would presume Sky has cut the show because many other football fans feel a similar way about their weekend priorities. The final episode of Soccer AM will air on Sky One and Sky Showcase from 10.30 a.m. on Saturday.


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