Alex Scott to be announced as new Football Focus presenter on Saturday
Alex Scott to be announced as the new Football Focus presenter on Saturday with former England star set to replace Dan Walker and become the first female presenter of the BBC show
- The BBC are to confirm Alex Scott as their next Football Focus presenter
- It it understood that an announcement is to be made during Saturday’s show
- Scott will succeed Dan Walker and become the show’s first female presenter
- Walker is stepping down as presenter of Football Focus in May after 12 years
Alex Scott is set to be officially is confirmed as the new presenter on Football Focus this weekend.
The BBC have lined up former England and Arsenal defender Scott to succeed Dan Walker, who is stepping down in May after 12 years on the show.
Sportsmail understands that an official announcement is set to be made during Saturday’s show, in which Scott will be confirmed as the first female presenter the BBC have appointed to the role.
Alex Scott (left) will take over from Dan Walker (right) as the new presenter of Football Focus and is expected to be officially confirmed during Saturday’s show
Scott came under fire in earlier in the month when news first broke of her becoming favourite for the position.
Sexist remarks were sent to Scott online, though the former England star was quickly supported by her peers in the industry who have worked alongside her during punditry and analyst duties.
Sportsmail columnist Chris Sutton, who works with Scott at the BBC, described her as a great presenter.
Walker will step down as presenter of Football Focus at the end of the 2020-21 campaign
Scott has become a regular on BBC’s coverage and has been hailed as a ‘great pundit’ by Sportsmail columnist Chris Sutton
Sutton said: ‘The BBC haven’t confirmed Alex’s appointment, but already we’ve seen an unfortunate social media backlash.
‘It doesn’t matter whether you’re male, female, have zero England caps or 100-odd. If you’re a great presenter then that’s all that matters, and Alex definitely falls into that category. If Alex gets the gig, then she gets it on merit.’
Match Of The Day presenter Gary Lineker put his foot in it when he prematurely congratulated Scott on Twitter. Lineker wrote: ‘With 140 @englandlioness caps and about 350 trophies in the cabinet, I reckon you’ll do brilliantly.’
Scott (left in 2017 and right on Strictly in 2019) played for Arsenal before becoming a pundit
He later clarified: ‘Apparently there’s nothing official yet. Saw it was trending so may have jumped in prematurely. I know nothing.’
Scott has been a regular on Football Focus since she retired as a player in 2018 and has recently fronted the BBC’s coverage of England Women matches.
The former Strictly Come Dancing contestant also has presenting experience from co-hosting The One Show, Sport Relief, Children in Need, Sports Personality of the Year and Sky Sports’ Goals on Sunday.
The BBC refused to add comment when contacted by Sportsmail.
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