Commentator John Motson returns with talkSPORT

Former Match of the Day commentator John Motson is joining talkSPORT as a commentator across a number of matches covered by the station.

He’ll be coming out of retirement at the age of 73 to cover Premier League fixtures and offer further analysis and opinion across the station’s programming schedule.

Each Monday and Friday with Hawksbee & Jacobs (weekdays from 1pm) he will be reviewing and previewing all the footballing action plus later this year he will interview some of his favourite players in ‘Motty’s Magnificent XI’ nostalgia shows.

The move follows the talkSPORT network covering every game of the FIFA World Cup in Russia.

Commenting on the move Motson said: “It didn’t take long to come out of retirement because talkSPORT is a great place to talk football. I’m looking forward to joining the team, commentating on this great game for some time longer and speaking to a host of footballing legends for a series of shows for fans to re-live the best of football past and present.”

National Speech Radio Controller at talkSPORT, Liam Fisher said: “Motty has the best voice in sport and we feel truly honoured to bring him to talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2. After 50 years in the business, he brings with him real authority on the game and I know his return to the airwaves will be celebrated by football fans across the country.”

You can hear John Motson from 1pm tomorrow (Wednesday) on the Hawksbee and Jacobs show on talkSPORT.

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  1. Joe Smith says

    Oh dear.

  2. Steve says

    Bet the BBC would not have organised a night of themed tv programmes in his honour if they had know he was going to talkSPORT……

  3. Dan Dean says

    Good appointment in that he is respected within the game and will give them gravitas with the decision makers and give them credibility and also open doors that would otherwise stay shut… it is far from it being a “Oh Dear” appointment. Managers and players tend to favour the BBC at the moment, Motty is on first name terms with most if not all of them which will see them move up a gear,

  4. Stephen Hall says

    The best thing TalkSport has ever done.
    For a lot of the lower grade Prem League games, the only reason to listen is the commentator and I’ll be listening to him.

  5. Joe Smith says

    Oh dear.

    He will disappear without trace.

  6. Radio Geordie says

    I don’t know where Joe Smith is coming from.
    It could well be that the BBC decided that they “aren’t renewing your contract” [sack him] and then dress it up as “a retirement”.
    This is the thing with the BBC at the moment with their current obsession of chasing the “diversity” numbers that people like Motty are sacrificed as a result. Just a pity it wasn’t jug ears & his over-paid mates droning on about the cheating players that were “let go” in the name of cost cutting or diversity.

    OK, so Motty is at an age where he can retire but he clearly thinks otherwise and so does talksport. I say good luck to him. He doesn’t have to work but he’s chosen to do so.

    With people living a lot longer than 20 years ago, at the end of the day, age is just a number these days.

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