Lineker drops Match of the Day succession hint and asks pundit if he wants job
Gary Lineker has hinted that he might be ready to hand over the Match of the Day reins to Jermaine Jenas in the near future.
Later this month, Lineker will mark his 24th anniversary hosting the BBC's flagship football programme but has previously admitted that his time is "nearly up". It is no secret that Jenas, who has hosted Match of the Day 2, and the recently cancelled MOTDx, would be keen on taking up the ex-England striker's mantle.
And on Saturday, Lineker dropped arguably the biggest hint that Jenas will be next in line to the Match of the Day throne. Hosting the action on BBC One, Lineker appeared alongside Jenas and former Wales international Ashley Williams.
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During their analysis of Everton's impressive 3-2 away win over Crystal Palace, Jenas asked Lineker for his thoughts on a potential penalty incident during the game. "I always liked the striker's opinion," Jenas said.
And after giving his verdict, Lineker then replied to Jenas adding: "You want this job?" to which the ex-Spurs and Newcastle United midfielder responded: "No, no, not yet."
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That then prompted Lineker to simply reply: "Later." With Jenas now also fronting the BBC's 'The One Show', it would make sense for the organisation to look in-house to Jenas when deciding upon Lineker's successor.
"I would obviously be up for it," Jenas told the Daily Mail earlier this year when asked about whether he would want to host Match of the Day. "It's Match of the Day and it would be a great opportunity."
"I haven't thought that far ahead but I hosted Match of the Day 2 on Sunday night, which was the first one I've ever done. I loved it, it felt comfortable to me, it felt normal, and I love doing The One Show as well."
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He added: "I feel quite blessed that I'm even in people's minds that it's something I could take on given how big the show actually is.
"Gary has got plenty of legs in him and I don't see him going anywhere soon but when that day comes which it will do, I would like to think that I am at least thought about to fill the position. If that is the case then I would obviously jump at it."
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