Dan Walker to step down as presenter of Football Focus at the end of the season  

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Dan Walker to step down as presenter of Football Focus at the end of the season after 12 years on BBC's popular magazine show  

Dan Walker will step down as presenter of Football Focus after 12 years on show

By Ollie Lewis For Mailonline

Published: 05:57 EDT, 8 April 2021 | Updated: 05:57 EDT, 8 April 2021

Dan Walker is stepping down as presenter of Football Focus after 12 years at the helm of the popular football magazine show, he has announced.

Walker joined the show at the beginning of the 2009-10 season and has been involved through many memorable footballing moments, having taken the show to Afghanistan among other achievements. 

The 44-year-old is one of Football Focus' longest-serving presenters and his last show will coincide with the end of the current season on Saturday, May 22. 

Dan Walker will step down as presenter of Football Focus at the end of the 2020-21 campaign

Walker, who also presents BBC Breakfast and BBC Sport, will continue in those roles and will work at this summer's Tokyo Olympics. 

On his time at Football Focus, Walker said: 'It has been an amazing 12 years and I have loved every second of it. 

'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. 

'I'd like to say thank you to the amazing team at Focus who put so much into the show each week and thank you to the audience for tuning in every Saturday.'

Philip Bernie, Head of TV at BBC Sport, added: 'Dan has been exceptional as presenter of Football Focus for the last 12 years. 

'He is a top-class broadcaster who has brought authority, wit and fun to the show, always working so well with such warmth with the guests on the show.

'We are extremely grateful for all he given to Focus, and will continue to enjoy watching him on the BBC's sport output as well as the wider BBC.'

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