Geoff Shreeves, the well-known presenter, is set to replace Des Kelly as the main pitchside reporter for TNT Sports. Shreeves recently announced his departure from Sky Sports due to their cost-cutting measures. While he was offered a reduced salary to stay, he decided to explore other opportunities. Sporting Post has now tipped him to take over Kelly’s role at TNT. There are also rumors of a potential reunion with Richard Keys and Andy Gray at BeIN Sports.
Shreeves’ departure from Sky Sports is just one of many changes happening at the company. Lead commentator Martin Tyler has already covered his last game for the station, and Graeme Souness recently left his pundit role. Additionally, Sky has requested that several reporting staff reapply for their jobs. Shreeves’ exit leaves a significant gap in Sky’s football coverage, especially after Jeff Stelling’s departure from Soccer Saturday.
According to Sporting Post, Shreeves is the favorite at 2/1 odds to replace Kelly at TNT Sports. Other odds include replacing Laura Woods as the host of TalkSport Breakfast at 20/1 and reuniting with Keys and Gray at BeIN Sports at 8/1. However, becoming a PR advisor to Rishi Sunak is a long shot at 500/1.
In other news, Kelly recently faced criticism for asking Ilkay Gundogan for an autograph live on TV after Manchester City’s Champions League victory over Inter Milan. During the interview, Kelly pulled off his media armband and asked Gundogan to sign it, explaining that he was receiving backlash on Twitter for wearing it. While Gundogan laughed and signed the armband, football fans worldwide found Kelly’s behavior unprofessional and cringe-worthy.
BT Sport stood by Kelly despite the backlash, stating that he and the entire team did an outstanding job throughout the night. It’s important to note that Shreeves’ potential appointment at TNT is not directly related to this incident.
Shreeves would join other big names at TNT, as Laura Woods recently confirmed her departure from talkSPORT’s Sports Breakfast show. Woods, who has won multiple awards for her coverage, is expected to take over Jake Humphrey’s role as the main anchor at TNT Sports.