BBC Match of the Day pundit Alan Hansen is to retire from the programme after twenty two years.
The former Liverpool captain will retire after the end of the 2014 World Cup. He was, according to recent rumors, mooted to be leaving the beeb after criticism of some of his ‘tired’ analysis.
Hansen said: “I’ve been in football for 41 years and I’m going out right at the top, just as I did at Liverpool… The plan was always that I would retire at 55. I kept going, but I finally decided to retire during Euro 2012.”
Rumors also suggested BT Sport would get in on hiring Hansen, but he wants quit completely from punditry. It marks a continued change this season for the BBC’s Match of the Day with Mark Lawrenson being used less and different pundits added included Michael Owen and Robbie Savage.