Martin Tyler failed to cover a Premier League title comeback for the first time in 20 YEARS on Sunday due to a sore throat… with the 77-year-old hoping to cover the league’s final day, the Champions League final. FA Cup and the Champions League final
- Martin Tyler, 77, has not commented on the Premier League trophy lifting
- Manchester City’s win was the first such chance Tyler hasn’t covered in 20 years
- Sky Sports senior commentator aims to recover for several upcoming finals
Sky Sports senior commentator Martin Tyler has missed a Premier League trophy cover for the first time in 20 years due to a sore throat.
The 77-year-old was due to comment on Manchester City’s 1-0 win over Chelsea and the ensuing title celebrations at the Etihad Stadium.
But he was forced to retire, with Rob Hawthorne replacing him.
Tyler persevered despite a sore throat as he commented on Brighton’s 3-0 win at Arsenal the previous weekend.
However, his symptoms worsened over the week and he chose to stay away.
Martin Tyler has not commented on a Premier League trophy lift for the first time in 20 years
Sky Sports senior commentator, 77, missed Man City title celebrations with sore throat
Meanwhile, he has worked at Sky for over 30 years and has no plans to quit yet
He now hopes to return to work for Sky’s coverage of the final day of the Premier League season on Sunday.
Tyler is also keen to commentate on the FA Cup final and the Champions League final for international broadcasters.
Sports Mail reported earlier in May that Tyler had no intention of following Jeff Stelling and top pundit (and Mail Sport columnist) Graeme Souness, who announced his departure in April, through Sky’s exit door.
Tyler demonstrated his remarkable work ethic commentating three Premier League games live in the space of four days for Sky in May and is determined to continue next season.
Stelling and Souness have both quit their roles at Sky, with neither man retiring but stepping away from working with the broadcaster.
Tyler, however, is determined to stick around for as long as he can as he continues to build his legacy as one of the greatest commentators in the business.
He has been with Sky for over 30 years and is ready to enter another year with the microphone when the new season begins this summer.
Sky Sports, meanwhile, are planning to make an internal appointment to replace Jeff Stelling as host of Soccer Saturday next season after the veteran presenter announced his departure from the program last weekend.