Alex Scott to replace Dan Walker as Football Focus’s new host

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Alex Scott WILL replace Dan Walker as Football Focus’s new host … with Sportsmail’s Chris Sutton speaking to the ‘great’ presenter after she received sexist abuse on social media following news of the BBC’s impending decision

  • Alex Scott will take over Dan Walker as Football Focus’s new host
  • Walker will step down after 12 years as the presenter of Football Focus in May
  • Sportsmail understands an announcement about Scott is imminent from the BBC

Alex Scott will become Football Focus’s first permanent female presenter when she replaces Dan Walker next season.

The former Arsenal and England defender has been chosen to succeed Walker, who is stepping down after 12 years as host of the iconic BBC show.

Scott’s appointment has not been confirmed by Beeb yet Sportsmail understand that an announcement is imminent.

Walker revealed he stepped down from hosting Football Focus after 12 years at the helm

Alex Scott (left) takes over from Dan Walker (right) as the new Football Focus presenter

Scott played for Arsenal before becoming a football pundit (pictured in 2017)

Scott's star has risen all the more since she took part in Strictly in 2019

Scott (left in 2017 and right at Strictly in 2019) played for Arsenal before becoming an expert

The 36-year-old received sexist abuse on social media on Wednesday when it emerged that she was likely to get the part. But Scott hit back by posting on Instagram, “The only box I tick is the box I’m on.”

Sportsmail columnist Chris Sutton, who works with Scott at the BBC, described Scott as a great presenter.

Sutton said: ‘The BBC has not confirmed Alex’s nomination, but we have already seen an unfortunate response on social media.

Walker will step down as the presenter of Football Focus at the end of the 2020-2021 campaign

Walker will step down as the presenter of Football Focus at the end of the 2020-2021 campaign

Scott has become a regular on BBC coverage and has been hailed as a 'great expert' by Sportsmail columnist Chris Sutton.

Scott has become a regular on BBC coverage and has been hailed as a ‘great expert’ by Sportsmail columnist Chris Sutton.

Scott (center) became the BBC's first female pundit at a men's World Cup in Russia in 2018

Scott (center) became the BBC’s first female pundit at a men’s World Cup in Russia in 2018

‘It doesn’t matter if you are male or female, don’t have English caps or 100-odd. If you’re a great presenter that’s all that matters, and Alex certainly falls into that category. When Alex gets the gig, 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 hats and about 350 trophies in the closet, I think you’ll do brilliantly.”

He later clarified: “Apparently nothing is official yet. Saw it was trending so maybe it indented prematurely. I do not know anything.’

Gary Lineker wished Scott the best of luck before adding that he doesn't know anything without an announcement being made

Gary Lineker wished Scott the best of luck before adding that he doesn’t know anything without an announcement being made

Scott, 36, jokingly responded to Lineker's tweet, claiming, 'I've seen this movie before'

Scott, 36, jokingly responded to Lineker’s tweet, claiming, ‘I’ve seen this movie before’

Scott has been a regular at Football Focus since she retired as a player in 2018 and has recently aired the BBC on the England women’s matches.

The former Strictly Come Dancing contestant also has experience presenting Sunday as a co-host of The One Show, Sport Relief, Children in Need, Sports Personality of the Year and Sky Sports’ Goals.

It is clear that she will continue her expertise on other channels, including Sky Sports, Amazon Prime and the US CBS Sports, but will reduce her workload.

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