Richard Keys Resigns Fom Sky Sports – “It’s Time To Move On”

Sky Sports head anchor Richard Keys has called time on his career at Sky Sports. Following an illustrious career with the sports broadcasting giants, Keys became heavily scrutinised when he made off-air comments that were ill-advised toward female assistant referee Sian Massey.

Keys had been joking around with co-presenter Andy Gray(who’s also been fired), and landed himself in hot water when he was recorded saying that:

‘Somebody better get down there and explain offside to her.’

Richard Keys had today been given permission to air his views on the situation talking to sports radio station TalkSport, and as well as apologising on numerous occasions, pondered whether or not his time was up at Sky HQ.

“I have to seriously consider resigning. My mate has been sacked. The view of the majority is that he should have been sacked. We got it wrong. Bad.”

“I have got to ask myself, do I want to carry on without him? And that is something I have been doing, obviously.”

To our surprise, Keys kept his word and news broke late on Wednesday night that Keys was, in fact, resigning his post as Sky Sports lead anchor.

Sky Sports managing director Barney Francis commented on the matter when the news broke.

“It is disappointing that Richard’s career at Sky should end in these circumstances. However, Richard recognises that his comments at the weekend were unacceptable and we note that he has made a full and public apology. We thank him for his time in helping make Sky Sports the success it is today.”

Richard Keys then issued a statement of his own and in it, regretted his actions and said they should have never have happened.

“I am deeply sorry for my remarks and the offence they have caused; it was wrong and should not have happened. I have thought long and hard and reached the decision that it is time to move on.

Quantcast “Going forward without Andy would have been almost impossible.   I am and will remain proud of our work with football at Sky Sports and grateful to the many people who have worked with me.  I wish Sky Sports continued success in the future.”
So now, after all the drama that has unfolded this past week, the question looms who Sky’s next appointment will be. Jamie Redknapp is understood to be favourite at the moment but the twittersphere have pleaded for Guardian Football Weekly frontman James Richardson to get the nod ahead of him.

About Dylan O'Neill

Football mad Irish 20-year-old. Living in Dublin so I've had a keen interest in League of Ireland for the last 2-3 years and used to write about it on, focusing mainly on UCD's limited fortunes as well as the Irish national team. I started to merge this interest with gambling two years ago to moderate success so have continued to do so since! View all posts by Dylan O'Neill

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