Jermaine Jenas has finally lifted the lid on the possibility of succeeding Gary Lineker as the host of Match of the Day.
The former England midfielder and current One Show co-presenter, who is a Match of the Day regular, has been hotly-tipped to replace 60-year-old Lineker as frontman on the iconic show.
It was widely reported earlier in the year that the BBC consider Jenas to be a natural replacement and the 38-year-old could take over from Lineker ‘within two years’.
Although it is believed Lineker is still wanted by the BBC and they are by no means looking to oust the former World Cup Golden Boot winner, talks have reportedly been held as they plan their next face of football.
Until now, Jenas has remain tight-lipped on the prospect of fronting BBC’s main football coverage, but has dropped his biggest hint yet that he could be in-line for the step up from pundit to host.
“Match Of The Day is the biggest job on television, and if I ever got the opportunity of course I’d say yes,” Jenas told The Sun.
“When Gary decides to call it a day, I’m sure the BBC will have a look around and decide who’s the best fit for the job.
“Obviously I’d be absolutely delighted if it was me. But Gary’s not going anywhere.”
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Former England striker Lineker, who has hosted Match of the Day since 1999, is the BBC’s top earner, raking in £1.36m in the last financial year, despite having agreed to slash his wages last September.
And Jenas admitted that he is a long-time admirer of the Leicester and England legend, crediting Lineker for the role he has played in his post-football jaunt into the media world.
“Gary is somebody I’ve always looked up to as a presenter, and someone I’ve loved working with,” revealed the former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder.
“I remember one of my first One Show gigs, I had a bit of a sticky moment and I knew I could have handled it better, and Gary reached out, messaged me and said, ‘Look, just a bit of advice; if this happens again, try doing this’.
“He’d tell me what he used to do when he was first starting out, and I always appreciated that. He went out of his way to help me. Gary is like the Des Lynam of my era, let’s make him feel nice and old!”
Addressing the prospect of Jenas potentially succeeding him back in 2019, Lineker said: "He would be good. Lynam was fabulously laid-back and smart.
"Des always used to say, ‘If you think of things that might be funny, go for it. Some people will like it, some won’t.’
"I realise how lucky I’ve been. I’ve been given some kind of talent to play football and made the most of life since. I’ve been immensely fortunate."
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