Alex Scott announces she’s new Football Focus host
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Alex Scott, 36, has said a farewell to her BBC colleague Clare Balding, 50, today after the pair spent the last couple of weeks working on the Olympics coverage together. The former Lioness shared how the presenting duo had experienced “highs and lows” du
Sharing a photo montage of the two women while filming inside the BBC studio, Alex typed: “Balders & Scott …@bbcsport #todayatthegames.
“Just like that @tokyo2020 comes to an end.
“Can’t thank everyone enough..it’s a whole BIG team effort..what a special show to be a part of.
“To all the guests every night to everyone at home that has tuned in and sent messages… it really is appreciated so much,” she added.
The 36-year-old also gave a special mention to Clare, as she thanked her for all the “support and encouragement” during their time together.
Alex continued: “And to @clarebalding the support/encouragement that you have shown me over the last couple weeks, the highs and the lows, you kept me smiling and loving it all the way to the very end #thankyou. xx.
“First Olympics with BBC complete,” she finished.
In response, fans praised the TV host as they said they “loved” watching her in the evenings.
One commented: “You were amazing. We all loved watching you in the evenings! Thank you!”
A second replied: “You have both been brilliant.”
While a third commented: “You guys have been absolutely brilliant during the games! Love you both!”
“You were both GREAT,” typed a fourth.
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Alex is now set to take over from Dan Walker on BBC’s Football Focus.
She will become the show’s first permanent female host in its 47-year history.
She told BBC: “From day one, Dan Walker has guided me – and crucially he let me ask questions.
“Dan knew I wanted to be a presenter so he helped hone my skills and allowed me to step out of my ‘pundit’ comfort zone on the show.
“In fact, everyone around me – from Gabby Logan to Mark Chapman – and so many people behind the scenes have helped me to get to this point.
“It will never be lost on me that these kind, amazing people within the industry have supported and encouraged me to be the best I can be,” She added.
Alex played for Arsenal, Birmingham City, Boston Breakers, England and Great Britain throughout her sporting career, before hosting shows like Match of the Day Kickabout, Goals on Sunday and appearing on Super Sunday and BBC One’s Strictly Come Dancing.
BBC Breakfast presenter Dan announced in April that he’d be leaving Football Focus after 12 years at the end of the season, announcing: “I am so proud of the job we’ve done, the changes we’ve made and issues we’ve looked at while the football landscape changed immeasurably.”
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