Niall Quinn leaves his role as a Sky Sports pundit to return to the business world
Sky Sports confirmed today that former Republic of Ireland international and Sky Sports pundit Niall Quinn will be stepping away from his position as a football pundit to pursue other business interests outside of the media.
The former Sunderland and Manchester City striker who boasts 92 caps for Ireland has been a regular feature of Sky Sports' commentary and punditry team for several years.
He also wrote a column for the Sky Sports website for the 2016/17 season, looking back at talking points from the weekend's Premier League action.
However, he will not be involved with the upcoming season as he has decided to pursue another venture.
Commenting on his decision to step away from his punditry role, Niall Quinn said: "I've had an amazing time working for Sky Sports, the passion and dedication that goes into their coverage is unmatched but sadly I won't be part of the team this season.
"I'm moving on to a new business opportunity and I've had to make the tough decision and choose one path and really devote myself to that. I'll miss the team ethic in Sky Sports, the love of the game, alongside the ambition to deliver coverage of the highest quality. I'll be watching the season with interest and enjoying it from the other side of the camera."
Gary Hughes, Head of Football at Sky Sports, wished Niall the very best in his new venture: “Niall goes with our blessing and best wishes with his new venture. He’s been a great asset to our Premier League and football coverage with his intelligent and honest views, but he’s made a personal decision and having gotten to know him, I know he’ll make it a success.”
Sky Sports’ 2017/18 Premier League schedule kicks off on August 11th with Arsenal taking on Leicester where the Gunners’ record signing Alexandre Lacazette’s takes to the field for his first competitive fixture, which also marks the first time the Premier League season has begun on a Friday night.
159 live Premier League games in total will air on Sky Sports Premier League (Channel 402) this season including 3pm Saturday kick-offs exclusive to Sky Ireland customers.