Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson will be heard again by listeners of 5 Live and BBC Radio Manchester, after the football boss agreed to lift his ban on talking to the corporation.
Sir Alex has refused to give interviews to BBC journalists since 2004 after allegations were made about his son Jason in a TV documentary.
The decision is thought to have been reversed following a recent meeting between Ferguson, BBC Director General Mark Thompson and BBC North director Peter Salmon.
A club statement said: “Sir Alex and the BBC have put behind them the difficulties which led to Sir Alex feeling unable to appear on BBC programmes. The issues have been resolved to the satisfaction of both parties. Sir Alex will now make himself available to the BBC for Match of the Day, Radio 5 live and other outlets as agreed. No further comment will be made by either party on this issue.”
The BBC’s radio stations have instead featured interviews with players and other members of the coaching staff at Old Trafford as part of build-up and reaction to matches over the last seven years.