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World News – GB – ITV replaces Clive Tyldesley as lead commentator as Sam Matterface covers England

Sam Matterface will lead the ITV commentary team for England's friendly clash against Wales on Thursday afternoon - much to the dismay of word master Clive Tyldesley who was dismissed after 22 years in July

Sam Matterface will lead the ITV commentary team for England’s friendly clash against Wales on Thursday afternoon – much to the dismay of dismissed word master Clive Tyldesley after 22 years in July

Sam Matterface has been chosen by ITV to replace Clive Tyldesley as lead commentator

The 42-year-old former Sky Sports News presenter currently works for the broadcaster as well as talkSPORT, and has been given his main post under circumstances that have left his predecessor perplexed

Tyldesley had held the job for 22 years and showed no signs of slowing down at age 65, but was reportedly told he would have to take a step back after the recently postponed Euro 2020

His coverage was present for England’s recent World Cup semi-final defeat to Croatia which drew over 24 million viewers, as well as 17 Champions League finals

He said of the decision taken earlier this year: « If you haven’t seen the ad I will be replaced as ITV’s senior football commentator. I was told has about three weeks, so I had time to understand the decision but I did not understand

« I would have been tasked with commenting on the Euro 2020 final for them less than 48 hours ago

« But now I won’t be commenting on any of England’s big games in the coming year and I’m going to miss them I love this job and it’s gone Why? I’m not sure exactly why this decision has been taken « 

Matterface has since spoken about his new role and admitted that he understands the dangers of following in the footsteps of former ITV highly respected voices.

In an interview with the Mail he said: « Clive is a brilliant commentator He’s an editorially fantastic commentator He knows how to hit the mark and how to deliver a line

« I think it’s fair that people got a chance to pay tribute to him and say how great he was He’s not going anywhere He will always work with ITV and always work with talkSPORT

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While no official reason has been given for the decision, the move is similar to steps the BBC has taken to refresh their shows – with Sue Barker being replaced on A Question of Sport

Presenter Jeff Stelling said of Tyldesley’s change of role on Twitter: « Oh, I forgot, Clive, you’re 65 Ageism alive and well in UK broadcasting »

Clive Tyldesley, Sam Matterface, England, sports commentator, ITV Sport, Wales

World news – UK – ITV replaces Clive Tyldesley as lead commentator while Sam Matterface covers england



SOURCE: https://www.w24news.com/news/world-news-gb-itv-replaces-clive-tyldesley-as-lead-commentator-as-sam-matterface-covers-england/?remotepost=395517

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