Legendary football commentator Clive Tyldesley announced today that he has has been replaced at ITV after 22 years of service.
From the start of next season, Sam Matterface will take over from the 65-year-old, meaning we won't be hearing Tyldsley's iconic voice narrating England's journey at Euro 2021.
“If you haven't seen the announcement, I am being replaced as ITV's senior football commentator,” Tyldesley said in a video posted on his official Twitter account.
“Quite a few people have been in touch with me, asking me to react, to comment, um, I'm not sure that would be a very good idea at the moment.
“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’m upset, annoyed, baffled... I would have been interested in 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 over the coming year and I'm going to miss them, I love this job, and it has gone."
In honour of Tyldesley's career, fans on Twitter have been posting some snippets of his legendary commentary and we've cherry-picked the best for you below.
The 1999 Champions League final
The miracle of Istanbul in 2005
'Remember the name, Wayne Rooney!'
'Liverpool's love affair with the European Cup continues!'
'Riquelme... Lehmann's saved it!'
Not enough Tyldesley for you? Don't worry, we've got you covered, because one fan has made a handy two-minute compilation in tribute to the iconic commentator with some more hidden gems - enjoy!
The Tyldesley compilation
The voice of a generation.
International football coverage just won't be the same without the linguistic brilliance of good ol' Clive.
All we can hope for now is that BT Sport listen to the demands of the fans and hire him for their exclusive coverage of the Champions League next season!
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