Paddy McGuinness, 47, is to replace Sue Barker, 65, on A Question of Sport as he says ‘this is an honour and alternative I’m definitely not taking evenly’
Paddy McGuinness is to replace Sue Barker on A Question of Sport.
The 47-year-old TV presenter will take over because the host of the sports activities quiz present, whereas Olympian Sam Quek and retired rugby star Ugo Monye will replace Matt Dawson and Phil Tufnell as staff captains.
Last year Sue, 65, was axed because the host of the sequence after 24 years and ex-England footballer Alex Scott, 36, was rumoured to be taking up her position.
Paddy instructed the Mirror: ‘I really like the fiercely aggressive nature of sports activities stars coupled with having amusing.
New position: Paddy McGuinness is to replace Sue Barker on ‘A Question of Sport’
‘That’s why ‘A Question of Sport’ has all the time been one of my favorite exhibits and having been weaned on it from an early age, this is an honour and alternative I’m definitely not taking evenly.’
But Paddy will try to put his personal mark on the present, which was beforehand hosted by David Coleman and David Vine.
He added: ‘I grew up with each Davids internet hosting but it surely’s Sue who made this present her personal.
The previous: The 47-year-old TV presenter will take over because the host of the sports activities quiz present, whereas Olympian Sam Quek and retired rugby star Ugo Monye will replace Matt Dawson and Phil Tufnell as staff captains
‘She will all the time be ‘A Question of Sport’ icon, however I’ll attempt my finest to stamp my very own mark on it.’
Former hockey participant Sam, who has change into the primary feminine captain within the programme’s 50-year historical past, described the present as her ‘dream job’.
She mentioned: ‘I’ve watched ‘A Question of Sport’ since I used to be just a little lady and my ambition to seem on the present got here true 5 years in the past – however I by no means thought that I might in the future be a captain.
‘And the primary feminine captain within the present’s 50-year historical past too.’
Sam praised Matt and Phil as ‘two of the best captains to have ever appeared on the present’ and he or she is wanting ahead to taking on Ugo within the new sequence.
She mentioned: ‘I’ll give it my all and ensure I take pleasure in each minute of the experience. Oh, and Ugo … I’m coming for you.’
Former England star Ugo thanked Sue, Matt and Phil for ‘making the present what it is right this moment’, and admitted it is ‘really humbling’ to take on a staff captain position.
He added: ‘It’s an unimaginable honour to be chosen as A Question of Sport’s staff captain.
‘It’s a present I’ve watched my whole life, so to be named as a captain is really humbling.’
In September, Sue admitted she was ‘unhappy to say goodbye’ to ‘A Question of Sport’.
She mentioned: ‘I really like the present a lot they’d have to take away me, it could have been robust for me to stroll away, I’ve completely beloved my 24 years fronting ‘A Question Of Sport’, it has been my dream job.
‘But I perceive the BBC need to take the present in a brand new course and I’m unhappy to say goodbye.’
Matt wrote on Twitter: ‘Thanks for all the beautiful messages. I’m undecided how to reply so I’ll have a assume. Needless to say I’ll miss @QuestionofSport immensely…. (sic)’
Phil tweeted: ’13 yrs @QuestionofSport has been an incredible half of life ..
going to miss it massively .. thanks a lot for all the beautiful messages !!