Ian Wright To Leave BBC Match Of The Day Punditry Role At End Of Season

Former Arsenal striker Ian Wright will leave his punditry role with the BBC's Match Of The Day Programme at the end of this season.

Dec 17, 2023 - 20:51
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Ian Wright To Leave BBC Match Of The Day Punditry Role At End Of Season

Wright has had two spells on the show since his first appearance while still a player in 1997.

The 60-year-old became a regular pundit in 2002 but left in 2008 before returning again in 2015.

Wright said on his official X – formerly Twitter – account: “After my debut show whilst still a player in 1997 and many more memorable years, I’ll be stepping back from BBC MOTD at the end of this season.

“I feel very privileged to have had such an incredible run on the most iconic football show in the world.

“I’m stepping back having made great friends and many great memories. This decision has been coming for a while – maybe my birthday earlier this year fast-tracked it a little – but ultimately it’s time to do a few more different things with my Saturdays.

“I’m really looking forward to my last months on the show and covering what will hopefully be an amazing Premier League title race.”

Wright made his name as a player with Crystal Palace and Arsenal, and won 33 caps for England.