So who might take over the Match of the Day hot-seat?

Jermaine Jenas might be a contender to succeed Gary Lineker as the BBC's lead football presenter (Adam Davy/PA)
PA Sport Staff

Gary Lineker will step back from presenting Match Of The Day until he and the BBC have an “agreed and clear position on his use of social media”.

Saturday’s show will have a different look, focusing “on match action without studio presentation or punditry” a BBC spokesperson said, after several former footballers pulled out.

But if Lineker does not return to the role, the BBC will need a long-term replacement and here, the PA news agency looks at some names who are being linked to the hot-seat.

Jermaine Jenas

The former Nottingham Forest, Newcastle and England midfielder is mainly used either as a studio guest or as a pundit alongside a commentator by BBC Sport, but Jenas has demonstrated his presenting skills on The One Show.

He was also chosen by FIFA to host the draw for the 2022 World Cup finals in Qatar.

He tweeted on Friday night that he was not due to be a part of Saturday’s production – but if he was he would have said no “and stood with my fellow pundits and @GaryLineker”.

Alex Scott

Alex Scott has worked as a presenter and pundit for the BBC and Sky across men's and women's football
Alex Scott has worked as a presenter and pundit for the BBC and Sky across men’s and women’s football (Bradley Collyer/PA)

Scott, 38, enjoyed a successful playing career with Arsenal and England before moving into broadcasting after her retirement in 2017.

Like Jenas, she has presented The One Show and has also worked alongside Lineker in the past as a presenter of the BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year programme. She was also a contestant on one of the corporation’s flagship entertainment shows, Strictly Come Dancing, in 2019.

Like Jenas, a tweet from her account on Friday evening suggested she was not in the running for the position. It remains to be seen if either would agree to step up to replace Lineker in the future.

Gabby Logan

Former gymnast Logan has presented MOTD in Lineker’s absence on many occasions in the past, while she also fronted the BBC’s coverage as the Lionesses stormed to glory in last year’s Women’s Euro.

She has also been involved in the BBC’s coverage of Six Nations rugby, and the last four summer Olympic Games.

Mark Chapman

Mark Chapman is the regular host of Match of the Day 2
Mark Chapman is the regular host of Match of the Day 2 (Nigel French/PA)

‘Chappers’ is the regular presenter of Match of the Day 2, which shows highlights of Premier League action on Sunday evenings.

He is also a key part of the BBC’s coverage of football on radio, presenting Sports Report on 5 Live and the Monday Night Club on the same channel.