Ian Wright announces his retirement from Match Of The Day | Ents & Arts News

Ian Wright has announced his retirement from the BBC’s Match Of The Day programme.

That expert said the decision “has been in the works for a while” but had been “fast-tracked” by his 60th birthday last month.

“After my debut show while still a player in 1997 and many more memorable years, I will be stepping down from BBC MOTD at the end of this season,” the former Arsenal footballer wrote on X.

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

He added: “Anyone who knows my story knows how much the show has meant to me since I was a young lad.

“MOTD is my holy grail. At my first ever show I said to Des Lynam, ‘This is my Graceland’. It will always be my Graceland and I will always watch.

“I am stepping down having made good friends and many good memories.

“This decision has been coming for a while, maybe my birthday earlier this year derailed it a bit, but ultimately it’s time to do a few more different things with my Saturdays.

“I’m really looking forward to my final months on the show and covering what will hopefully be a fantastic Premier League title run.”

Wright shared the news in a series of tweets along with pictures of his time on Match Of The Day.

The former footballer joined Crystal Palace in 1985 aged 21 before moving to Arsenal in 1991.

He then went to West Ham, Nottingham Forest, Celtic and Burnley.

Wright has worked as a football pundit since retiring.

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