Sky Sports have announced that Graeme Souness will step down as pundit at the end of the season, coincidentally the first without Paul Pogba in years.
Souness confirmed his decision to retire following Liverpool’s ludicrous 4-3 win over Spurs at Anfield, knowing things will get no better than Richarlison looks really silly.
After 15 years at the pinnacle of the industry, Souness stepped down from the role to pursue at the age of 69.
«I’ll miss you guys, the guys behind the scenes, our makeup artist, I’ll miss you all,» she said.
“You know, for me, I decided football management was no longer for me. I had the wrong temperament for it, the wrong personality.
“And then I was given the opportunity to do it and it was great. It was just the most amazing moment for me, because I love football, I care about football and I worry about the future.
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“But in the hands of Sky it is in good hands, safe hands, and I think over the years we have covered the Premier League in great detail and I think we do football very well.
“For me personally, I have the excitement of live football that comes with some great matches, some great stadiums and some great events. I think I owe you a 100 apology, but we don’t have time for this, to people I may have said harsh things to.
Probably Harry Kanefor one.
After 15 years with Sky Sports, today marks Graeme Souness’ last appearance with us.
Thanks for the memories Graeme ❤️ pic.twitter.com/izaNOupWOl
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) April 30, 2023
“I think people back home want to see us not always agree, but it was great, guys, really. And it’s great right now to be among friends.
Fellow expert Gary Neville bid an emotional farewell to his longtime colleague.
«When I first joined Sky, Graeme was the senior expert and he is still the senior expert,» he said. “He speaks with such authority, seriousness and conviction, with an incredible way of delivering his lines.
“You can argue with him and there’s no holds barred. He can put you on the floor sometimes and he’s not worried about saying the unthinkable or the unpopular. But then he’ll shake your hand at the end of the show and you’ll come back the next week and you’ll do it again, and that’s what I’ve respected most about Graeme for the last 10 or 12 years.
“He’s one of the best I’ve ever seen do this job, and someone I and other young experts would learn so much from.
“He is a brilliant, brilliant expert. He had some fantastic evenings listening to his stories in the early days when we went away to the Champions League, he ate the night before. Particularly when he and Glenn Hoddle were sitting at the table, and they had very different views on football but it was really interesting to hear both of them. They were always arguing about the style of play – Glenn obviously wanted to see possession and passing in midfield and Graeme saw the game a little differently, about making sure you were connected, you were stuck. But he also played well. .
“I’m really sorry to see him go. He’s been a fantastic expert, a fantastic person at Sky. I wish him all the best for the future. I think we are weaker not to have him here next season because of what he brings. But that’s life, we understand people move on. Is football. But I wish him all the best. He’s been great to me.
“I think my last fight with him was here a few weeks ago when Man Utd were beaten 7-0 and I had the audacity to say I didn’t think Liverpool played that well, which he jumped into. I still think I was right! But you don’t tend to win with Graeme, that’s nature.
“I really wish him all the best. It was great to work with him.»