Gary Lineker denies he is leaving Match of the Day to be replaced by James Corden and says ‘You’re stuck with me’

Gary Lineker denies he is leaving Match of the Day to be replaced by James Corden and says ‘You’re stuck with me’


GARY LINEKER has denied rumours that he is leaving Match of the Day, amid speculation James Corden was primed to replace him.

The former England star went on social media after he said he was receiving text messages that Corden was about to take his job as MOTD host.

Rumours emerged on social media that Lineker was set to be replaced as the host of the flagship football review show.

However, the 61-year-old presenter took to Twitter to confirm what the future holds.

He tweeted: "Getting a number of texts from friends asking if I'm quitting @BBCMOTD after reports on Twitter of my possible successor.

"So it's only fair that I give you the bad news now: I'm afraid that I still have 3 years to run on my contract, so you're stuck with me for a while."


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The potential successor in question is 43-year-old Corden, who recently announced he is quitting his role as the host of The Late, Late show, over in the USA.

The BAFTA award winning actor shot to fame in the UK following the hit sitcom Gavin and Stacey.

However his career has risen to new heights with his work across the pond.

Despite the fame, sources close to Corden exclusively told The Sun back in April that he would be leaving the show.

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The source confirmed the decision was family-based, claiming: "James and Jules have had barely any time to see their families in the UK over the past few years due to his work schedule."

Corden is set to leave the show in Spring 2023, with CBS execuitives described to be "utterly devastated."

The former England striker has presented the show since 1999, and earns more than £1.3million a year at the BBC.

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