Legendary commentator Tyldesley stepping away from lead role for ITV

Legendary commentator Clive Tyldesley, 65, is REPLACED as ITV’s voice of football after 22 years in the job – as they follow the BBC in culling older talent with 42-year-old Sam Matterface taking over

  • Clive Tyldesley’s voice has become synonymous with football over two decades 
  • Veteran commentator will still work for ITV sport, especially at big tournaments 
  • Sam Matterface will take on the role of lead commentator from next season 

Legendary commentator Clive Tyldesley will be replaced in his lead role with ITV after 22 years in the job. 

Tyldesley’s voice has provided the backdrop to a huge number of memorable games over more than two decades at major international tournaments and the biggest games in club football, including 17 Champions League finals. 

ITV announced that the 65-year-old he will be replaced by 42-year-old Sam Matterface from the start of the new season. 

Clive Tyldesley is stepping away from the role of lead ITV commentator after 22 years

Sam Matterface will be taking over as the lead football commentator for ITV from next season

Tyldesley addressed the biggest ever British audience for a single game when the England lost to Croatia in the 2018 World Cup semi-final in front of 24.3million viewers. 

He famously captured the moment Manchester United won the European Cup against Bayern Munich in dramatic fashion: ‘Beckham…… Into Sheringham….. and Solskjaer has won it! Manchester United have reached the promised land, Ole Solskjaer, and the two substitutes have scored the two goals in stoppage time and the Treble looms large! ‘

Tyldesley is going to remain as part of the ITV team and will still be part of the group commentating at major tournaments. 

ITV appear to be following the BBC’s lead in culling older much-loved talent. 

John Inverdale, Henry Blofeld, and Ian Robertson found themselves sidelined, while Cornelius Lysaght and Mark Pougatch, were informed they had no future at Radio 5 Live. 

Matterface, Tyldesley’s replacement, will be continuing in his role as Talksport’s lead football commentator alongside his new position. 

Tyldesley, a fan favourite over the years will be working on next year’s delayed European Championship but not in the lead role.  

Niall Sloane, Director of ITV Sport, said: ‘On behalf of ITV Sport, I would like to thank Clive for his superb work leading our commentary on some of the biggest occasions in world football throughout his outstanding career with us. 

‘We are very glad he will continue with us and look forward to working with him on many more occasions in the future.’ 


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