Broadcaster Chris Kamara is leaving Sky Sports at the end of the season after 24 years.
The presenter and former footballer, 64, recently revealed that he had developed an apraxic speech disorder alongside an existing thyroid problem.
“My long career at Sky Sports has never felt like work. I have spent 24 great years at Sky and I go back with the best memories,” Kamara said in a statement.
“My time at Soccer AM, Goals on Sunday and of course Soccer Saturday with Jeff has been incredible to say the least.
“I’ve had the time of my life and look forward to tuning in as a fan every Saturday.”
Kamara’s Sky Sports colleagues paid tribute to his unique talents during Football Saturday.
“He’s always been perfectly prepared. In football he’s well respected for his knowledge of the game,” said presenter Jeff Stelling.
“It has been a privilege to have worked with Kammy for so long. I will miss him very much.”
Former Arsenal and England midfielder Paul Merson added: “His knowledge of football is second to none.”
Kamara previously underwent a brain scan to check if he had dementia after suffering from what he described as “brain fog” and feared the illness could be related to his long playing career Ball headed.
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However, his symptoms were instead explained by an underactive thyroid.
Kamara, who has also released two Christmas albums and a charity single and presented at Ninja Warrior UK, is set to be a commentator on new ITV show The Games, which launches in May.
Sky Sports director of football Gary Hughes said: “Kammy was a star of Sky Sports.
“Everyone has a favorite Kammy anecdote or highlight and the tribute we paid him on air this afternoon really shows the special place he holds in the hearts of our viewers.
“We were very lucky to have him and he will always be part of the Sky Sports football family.”
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/television/tv-news/unbelievable-jeff-broadcaster-chris-kamara-to-leave-sky-sports-at-the-end-of-the-season-after-24-years-41603088.html ‘Incredible Jeff’ broadcaster Chris Kamara is leaving Sky Sports at the end of the season after 24 years