Sky Sports have been left disappointed by Gary Neville's decision to leave their punditry team to take charge of Valencia, especially as they were preparing to tie him down for the long term with a five-year deal.
Yes, the former Manchester United defender's reputation has only grown since he decided to hang up his boots, partly because of his numerous columns but mainly due to his expert analysis on Monday Night Football alongside Jamie Carragher.
His shock departure has left many wondering who will partner Carragher and Ed Chamberlain this coming Monday when they attempt to fill an hour on analysis each side of Everton v Crystal Palace.
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For the moment, Sky Sports have no plans to bring in a like-for-like replacement. They believe they have enough talent to fill Neville's shoes, with Graeme Souness and Thierry Henry potential candidates to replace him in the immediate future.
But executives at their Isleworth complex are already eyeing up Chelsea legend Frank Lampard, who thoroughly impressed during a guest appearance on MNF in early November. That is according to the Daily Mail's Charles Sale, who is more often right than wrong on these matters.
They are happy to wait for his two-year contract with New York City FC to expire, especially as he, like Henry did last year, can start almost immediately when the 2017 MLS season concludes in October.
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The news will delight Chelsea fans, who purred over their record goal scorer's insight into Jose Mourinho's tactics, talking openly about his experiences under the Special One and other managers.
He appeared genuinely keen to talk about football and managed to avoid the trap of rolling out cliche after cliche – a trap that Henry has often fallen into during his time at Sky Sports. It will be a long wait for a new star, but one Sky believe is worth waiting for.
Of course, Neville has only signed a five-month contract with Valencia and Sky officials have made it clear that the door is always open. But leave it too long and he may find his vacated throne filled by a familiar face.
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