Former Soccer AM presenter Andy Goldstein has admitted he isn’t sad to see the show go as he thought it was ‘awful’.
Yesterday, it was announced that Soccer AM was being cancelled after almost 30 years on our screens.
The long-running series has been a fan favourite since it first aired back in 1995, having welcomed a number of hosts over the years, including the iconic duo of Tim Lovejoy and Helen Chamberlain.
Announcing the news, Sky told LADbible: “Soccer AM has played an important role in our coverage of football for the past three decades, and we continually adapt to the evolving needs of our customers.
"We now go into a period of consultation to discuss the proposed changes with our people.
"We are unable to provide more detail while these consultations are underway.”
The waters were muddied, however, when current host John 'Fenners' Fendley took to Instagram today (23 March) denying the show had been axed, insisting that 'no decisions have been made'.
While many fans have lamented the end of an era, former presenter Andy Goldstein has admitted he’s not too sad to see it go.
Goldstein replaced Tim Lovejoy on the show back in 2007, having previously taken over as co-host on the spin-off All Sports Show.
However, he only presented for one season and moved on the following year – now busy working as the lead host of talkSPORT Drive.
Speaking to talkSPORT’s Hawksbee and Jacobs about the cancellation news, Goldstein was asked if he felt upset that the programme was drawing to a close.
“Erm… no, not really,” he replied honestly.
“I mean, I was honoured to be part of it. I much preferred the Friday night show [Soccer AM’s spin-off All-Sports Show], I did four years of that.
“The problem was that when I took over [on Soccer AM] from Tim, it was a little bit like David Moyes taking over from Sir Alex Ferguson – you’re on a hiding to nothing.
“But when Tim left he also took all the writers with him, so I turned up and there was just blueprint whosoever left of that show, and I didn’t really enjoy it.
“I remember about four or five weeks in, I was sitting on the couch just thinking, ‘This is awful’, which is really sad because it was just such a phenomenon.
“Tim and Helen were just unbelievable doing that show, and then there was me sitting on the famous orange sofa with the dream job thinking, ‘Oh, it’s not as good as when I used to watch it’.”
Goldstein continued: “I was really honoured to be part of it. I made lots of friends and I still speak to the gang – Tubes, Rocket and Adam as well.
“Really honoured that it’s on my CV, but I haven’t watched it for years. And not for any other reason other than I just don’t have time to sit in front of the telly on a Saturday morning.
“But yeah, sad that it’s finished because it was an unbelievable show and we all grew up with it.”Featured Image Credit: Sky