Alex Scott has finally been confirmed as the new presenter of Football Focus.
Current presenter Dan Walker is leaving the show after 12 years in the role and Scott had been widely tipped as his replacement.
Now, the worst kept secret in sport has been announced.
Scott becomes the first female host of the Saturday lunchtime show, which has been a BBC staple throughout the football season ever since 1974.
Following confirmation, in a message to viewers she declared: “I just wanted to send a quick message to let you all know how excited and honoured I am to be announced as the new Football Focus host.
“And it is not lost on me, one bit, because I know how iconic the show is and what a big deal it is.
“But I would like to take a moment to thank Dan Walker for, yes, being an amazing host over the years, but I think for me, being the amazing human that you are, knowing that many years ago telling you that I wanted to be in a position such as this and you taking the time to help me develop, hone my skill and get to this position
“So for this, I just wanted to say thank you.
“And, a big thank you to all my other colleagues for their support and for you guys for sending me the messages of congratulations that you have.
“I see them, I appreciate them and for me, it’s really humbling to read the messages of support that you’ve sent across so thank you.
“Now I just need to embrace it, I hope you embrace it, I hope you stay with us, I hope you grow with us.
“I will try to bring my best self to that Football Focus chair and we’re going to have some fun, so thank you and I will see you all in August, in the Football Focus chair.”
After retiring from football in 2017, Scott has become a familiar face on television in punditry roles with Sky Sports and the BBC, having undertaken a number of University courses in journalism and broadcasting.
She also starred in the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing, and has presented documentaries for the broadcaster.
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