Alex Scott ‘takes over from Dan Walker as Football Focus host as soon as the presenter juts off at the end of the season’ with BBC and Sky pundit in line to become the first woman to host the show
- Alex Scott was reportedly taking over from Dan Walker as the host of Football Focus
- Walker will be hosting Football Focus in May after 12 years of hosting
- Ex-Arsenal star and England international were among the bookmakers’ favorites
Alex Scott will reportedly take over from Dan Walker as the presenter of the BBC’s Football Focus program.
Walker revealed that he stepped down from hosting Football Focus after 12 years at the helm of the hit football magazine show earlier this month.
And Scott, who is an expert for both the BBC and Sky, will replace him on the hotseat and become the first woman to present the show, according to The sun
Alex Scott (left) would take over from Dan Walker as Football Focus presenter
Scott (left in 2017 and right at Strictly in 2019) played for Arsenal before becoming an expert
Former defender Scott, 36, earned 140 Three Lions caps in a 13-year international career
“Alex was considered the perfect match for the role,” said a source The sun
Not only is she a great broadcaster, her knowledge of the game is excellent.
Alex will be a huge asset to the Football Focus team. Everyone is so excited to have her on board. ‘
Scott appeared on BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing two years ago along with Neil Jones (above)
Walker will step down as the presenter of Football Focus at the end of the 2020-2021 campaign
A BBC spokesperson told the outlet: ‘An announcement about the new presenter will be made in due course.’
The former Arsenal star and England international were among the bookies’ favorites to replace Walker after his announcement.
Ex right back Scott, 36, earned 140 Three Lions caps in a 13-year international career. She won a whopping 21 trophies with the Gunners.
Raised by her single mother on a municipal estate in Poplar, East London, the former defender was hired by the London club at the age of just eight.
She worked in the Arsenal laundry room as a teenager to make extra money, before taking the captaincy of the women’s team and leading them to multiple successes.
Scott founded an academy for young female soccer players, finished her career as the second most capped English female soccer player and received an MBE in 2017.
The 44-year-old has been presenting the magazine show for 12 years, but is leaving this summer
After hanging up her shoes in 2018, she switched to football punditry, becoming the BBC’s first woman in such a position at a 2018 Men’s World Cup.
A respected expert on both the BBC and Sky Sports, Scott appeared on Strictly Come Dancing in 2019 after an acclaimed acting career.
Walker joined Football Focus, which has been running since 1974, at the start of the 2009-10 season and has been involved in many memorable football moments, having brought the show to Afghanistan, among others.
The 44-year-old is one of Football Focus’s longest-serving presenters, and his final show coincides with the end of the current season on Saturday, May 22.
Scott became the BBC’s first female pundit at a men’s World Cup in Russia in 2018
Walker, who also presents BBC Breakfast and for BBC Sport, will remain in those roles and will work at this summer’s Olympic Games in Tokyo.
“It’s been an amazing 12 years and I’ve loved every second of it,” Walker said of his time on the show in a video posted on Twitter.
‘I am so proud of the work we have done, the changes we have made and the problems we have seen as the football landscape changed immeasurably. That said, after 12 years, it’s time for someone else to take the reins.
‘I’m really going to miss the magic of the show, the opportunities it has given me, the wonderful friends I’ve made along the way and the thousands of conversations I’ve had with people who love the show as much as I do.
“I would like to thank the wonderful team at Focus that put so much into the show every week and thank the audience for tuning in every Saturday.”