14 July 2020 14:39
Clive Tyldesley is being replaced as ITV's lead commentator after 22 years in the position. Tyledsley, who joined from the BBC in 1996, will be replaced by Sam Matterface at the start of next season, but will continue to work with the station. Director of ITV Sport Nial Sloane said: "On behalf of ITV Sport, I would like to thank Clive for his superb work leading our commentary on some of the biggest occasions in world football throughout his outstanding career with us. A photo posted by on The 65-year-old switched channels in 1996 as he joined to be Brian Moore's understudy, but got the main job after the 1998 World Cup. He has narrated some of the most memorable moments of the last 25 years, including 'that night in Barcelona' when Manchester United won the Champions League and England's run to the 2018 World Cup semi-finals. Matterface, who is already part of ITV's commentary stable, will step up to the main position, also keeping his role as radio station talkSPORT's chief commentator.
The veteran caller - who will be replaced by well known Sam Matterface - took to Twitter to share his dismay at the news. 2 Clive Tyldesley is 'annoyed and baffled' by ITV's decision to replace him as their main football commentator ITV have replaced me as their main football commentator... pic.twitter.com/S8UOjvwEck — Clive Tyldesley (@CliveTyldesley) July 14, 2020 Tyldesley will stay with the broadcaster as their No 2 commentator but will no longer be their main man. The 65-year-old has been in the role for 22 years and has been the voice for many of football's biggest games of the modern era. SunSport understands Tyldesley was told at least TWO years ago that he would eventually be replaced.
World Cups, European Championships and FA Cups have all been covered by the commentary icon and he appeared devastated by the news. 2 Tyldesley has been replaced by the talented Sam Matterface who is already the voice of football on TalkSPORT and ITV's Dancing on Ice show Speaking from his home on a video posted on Twitter, he said: "If you haven't seen the announcement I am being replaced as ITV's senior football commentator. "I was told about three weeks ago so I have had some time to get my head around the decision but I haven't got my head around it. "To be clear, this is ITV's decision not mine. I am upset, annoyed and baffled. "I would have been entrusted with commentating on the Euro 2020 final for them less than 48 hours ago. "But now I won't be commentating on any of the big England games in the coming year and I'm going to miss them. "I love this job and it's gone. I do not know exactly why this decision has been taken. Nothing but admiration for Clive Tyldesley and Sam Matterface. Two lovely guys and bloody good professionals in their job. Any political decision is not their own. — Duncan Wright (@dwright75) July 14, 2020 "I don't know why I am being replaced." Matterface is chief football commentator at TalkSPORT and already works for ITV on their Euroepan football coverage. And the 42-year-old is also well known to some viewers as the voice of ITV's Dancing on Ice show. Despite Matterface's impressive credentials, many fans online were sorry to see Tyldesley go and were quick to comment on the decision with some calling for ITV to reverse it. One wrote: "Joke. You're the best commentator in football." Another added: "Soundtrack of my childhood, Clive. Know that your voice has brought joy, excitement and passion to many, many homes across the country. And another simply said: "Good luck Clive. As well as expressing disappointment at the news, football fans also rushed to reminisce and share footage of Tyldesley's best moments. ITV Sport's director Niall Sloane said: "On behalf of ITV Sport, I would like to thank Clive for his superb work leading our commentary on some of the biggest occasions in world football throughout his outstanding career with us. Undoubtedly Clive Tyldesley's best piece of commentary. pic.twitter.com/nrNKZFNd7Q — Andy Ha (@AndyHa_) July 14, 2020 Disappointing news, Clive. A big part of my youth was listening to you commentate on Arsenal in Europe. And one of my favourite goals and pieces of commentary was this. The famous "ahh!" pic.twitter.com/eB2iqsagen — AFCAMDEN (@AFCAMDEN) July 14, 2020 Good luck Clive. Baffling decision. Enjoyed your commentary over the years. — Fazzamania (@fazzamania) July 14, 2020 Joke. You're the best commentator in football. — Jake Heasman (@jakeheasman) July 14, 2020 "Manchester United are the Champions of Europe again and nobody will ever win a European Cup final more dramatically than this. Champions of Europe, Champions of England, the FA Cup holders, everything their hearts desire" Icon of commentary and a disgrace of a decision — Liam Whelan (@liam11) July 14, 2020 Why would you sack one of the most iconic commentators of all time. Here are some of his best moments. pic.twitter.com/P5gkW1hFU0 —. (@RoyMustang786) July 14, 2020 ITV has announced that Clive Tyldesley will be replaced as the channel's main football commentator but who is Sam Matterface, the man set to replace him? During the summer, there is always talk of transfers and new signings in the world of football. However, on July 14th, one of the most unexpected pieces of transfer news came in as it was announced that ITV's long-running chief commentator, Clive Tyldesley, will be replaced. But just who is set to replace Clive Tyldesley and what is the ITV commentator set to do next? Clive Tyldesley to be replaced as ITV's main commentator It was officially announced by ITV on July 14th, 2020 that Clive Tyldesley would be replaced as the channel's main football commentator after a staggering 22 years in the role. Speaking on Twitter, Tyldesley explained that he had been made aware of the decision, which was taken by ITV and not him, three weeks ago. "I have had some time to get my head around the decision, but I haven't got my head around it," Tyldesley explained, "to be clear, this is ITV's decision, not mine, and I'm upset, annoyed, baffled." This content could not be loaded ITV have replaced me as their main football commentator… pic.twitter.com/S8UOjvwEck — Clive Tyldesley (@CliveTyldesley) July 14, 2020 Who is replacing Clive Tyldesley? Sam Matterface will be replacing Clive Tyldesley as ITV's main commentator. Matterface will take on main commentary duties in major fixtures, such as England internationals, which is a role that Tyldesley has held since 1998. In the video he released on Twitter, Clive Tyldesley explained that he will be remaining at ITV but will be taking a step back to be the channel's number two commentator instead. Photo by AMA/Corbis via Getty Images Where have you heard Sam Matterface before? Sam Matterface is currently best known for his commentary work on TalkSPORT where he has been chief commentator since 2011. Prior to that, Matterface was a presenter on Sky Sports News between 2007 and 2010 while his early career began on local and hospital radio stations. During the 2018 World Cup in Russia, Sam Matterface was part of ITV's commentary team and his voice could be heard narrating the action in a number of fixtures during that tournament. Matterface has also been a part of ITV's commentary team at every major international competition (World Cup and Euros) since the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Sam Matterface will remain in his role as TalkSPORT's chief commentator alongside his new ITV duties. In other news, The Luminaries season 2: Renewal status, release date and potential plot