Goals on Sunday and The Debate axed as Sky Sports football overhaul continues

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Sky Sports have blown the final whistle on both The Debate and Goals on Sunday.

The review shows, which went hand in hand with their famed Premier League coverage, have followed Sunday Supplement in being cancelled ahead of the 2020/21 campaign.

As well as those offerings, Soccer Saturday is set for a brand new look after Matt Le Tissier, Phil Thompson and Charlie Nicholas were let go earlier this week.

Although Jeff Stelling will be joined by Paul Merson for the new period with the broadcaster, presenter Scott Minto has also been moved on having been a regular on their Championship coverage.

The Telegraph have reported the cancellation of the further two shows, and more could follow as Sky look to make major cut-backs before the start of the new season.

The Debate was described by the channel as ’all the latest news and talking points from around the world of football with a nightly debate show, as the panel discuss the hottest topics from around the sport’.

While Goals on Sunday, which has shown since 2000, saw Chris Kamara go through each of the Premier League games played earlier on the weekend alongside the likes of Ben Shephard, Laura Woods and more recently Alex Scott.

Much-loved presenter Stelling said an emotional goodbye to Le Tissier, Thompson and Nicholas following the news of their departures earlier this week, stating that it was his saddest day with the company.

He said: "One of my saddest days ever at Sky Sports with the departure of three of my best mates.

“They have been part of a team that for me was the best."

Sky bosses said when confirming the news: “We are changing some parts of our football coverage.

"Matt, Charlie and Phil have done a great job for us over the years, and they will leave us with our sincere thanks and very best wishes.”

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Southampton hero Le Tissier then responded with: ”Enjoyed my time at Sky Sports, time to look forward to life’s next challenge.

“Thank you for the support down the years and special thanks to the backroom team which include @CazzaEccles @CarlyBassett @tvtrevstats amongst many others, good luck all have a lovely day."

And Liverpool legend Thompson wrote: "I’ve had a great 22 years with Sky Sports.

“Enjoyed every minute with some amazing people on the show and behind the scenes which made it the iconic show it is today. Good luck to Sky, Jeff, Merse [Paul Merson] and the new gang on Soccer Saturday."

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