Sky Sports are not planning to introduce Alex Scott and Micah Richards as new panellists on Soccer Saturday, according to reports.
The broadcaster is undergoing a huge shake-up and sacked long-serving trio Phil Thompson, Charlie Nicholas and Matt Le Tissier last month.
Thompson, Nicholas and Le Tissier has almost 50 years of experience with Sky Sports between them and their departures led to intense speculation regarding who would fill their shoes.
Scott and Richards were tipped to be given roles on Soccer Saturday but are not expected to feature on the show next season, as The Sun reports the pair have been earmarked for match punditry duties.
Jeff Stelling will continue as Soccer Saturday's main presenter but will be joined by a revolving panel which will likely feature Matt Murray, Clinton Morrison and Paul Merson.
Arsenal legend Merson is one of the few Sky Sports veterans to hold onto his role, while elsewhere Scott Minto was sacked.
The upheaval led to some fans reacting negatively to Scott and Richards potentially being lined up for roles on Soccer Saturday, which Ian Wright labelled "racially-driven".
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"I've had to pull the car over. The racism is going through the roof today," he said.
"Somebody answer me this: what does Micah Richards, Alex Scott, Sol Campbell, Clinton Morrison or any other black pundit have to do with Sky's decision to get rid of these guys, all because three middle-aged white guys have got the sack?
"Alex Scott, for me, is easily one of the best prepared pundits out there. Easily.
"Micah Richards is the most exciting pundit we've seen in years.
"Keep their names out of your stinking, unbrushed teeth mouths. Matt Le Tissier, Charlie Nicholas, Phil Thompson, they've had an unbelievable run, it's been a great show. This happens to everyone in the industry.
"This is Sky's decision to evolve the show. And I wish them all the very best. Yes, you can be disappointed that it's come to an end for those guys, they've done brilliantly.
"But why does it have to be racially driven? What's it got to do with Black Lives Matter or the fact that black people may get an opportunity to get those jobs? What?"
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