GARY LINEKER'S odds of leaving Match of the Day have been slashed by Paddy Power.
The former England international stepped down from his role of hosting Champions League football with BT Sport and the bookmaker are expecting Lineker to walk from MOTD at the end of the season.
Paddy Power have slashed Lineker's price to step down from the show to 9/1 – in from 33/1 just a week ago.
If he stays on beyond this season, Paddy Power have Lineker at odds-on to leave before his contract expires in 2025 at 5/6.
The favourite to replace Lineker at the helm of the famous show is Jermaine Jenas at 2/1.
Jenas is a popular football pundit and also works as a co-host for the One Show.
Alex Scott is priced at 7/2 to become the show's first ever full-time female presenter.
While Match of the Day 2 host Mark Chapman is priced at 8/1 to host the Saturday show as he also trails Micah Richards in the bookies' market.
A spokesman at Paddy Power said: “Gary Lineker has been on Match of the Day for so long that it’s hard to imagine Saturday nights without him, but after stepping away from Champions League presenting duties, there’s a sense that he’s easing into a quieter period.
“Jermaine Jenas is the current favourite to replace him, which will definitely be to the delight of all those who complain about his commentary every week.
"But, after Lineker presented a show in his underpants following Leicester’s Premier League title success, there’ll be no danger of a repeat for Jenas doing so on behalf of his beloved Spurs…”
Next Match of the Day host – Paddy Power odds
- 2/1 Jermaine Jenas
- 7/2 Alex Scott
- 5/1 Micah Richards
- 8/1 Mark Chapman
- 10/1 Alan Shearer
- 12/1 Dion Dublin
- 14/1 Manish Bashin
- 16/1 Dan Walker
- 16/1 Martin Keown
- 20/1 Gaby Logan
- 20/1 Claire Balding
- 33/1 Eric Cantona
- 33/1 Mark Lawrenson
- 50/1 Jamie Carragher
- 66/1 Gary Neville
- 80/1 Jim White
- 80/1 Jamie Redknapp
- 350/1 Josh Denzel
- 400/1 Thierry Henry
- 400/1 Piers Morgan
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Jenas admires Lineker and has credited him with helping him in his career on TV.
He told The Sun: "Gary is somebody I’ve always looked up to as a presenter, and someone I’ve loved working with.
“I remember one of my first One Show gigs, I had a bit of a sticky moment and I knew I could have handled it better, and Gary reached out, messaged me and said, ‘Look, just a bit of advice; if this happens again, try doing this’.
“He’d tell me what he used to do when he was first starting out, and I always appreciated that. He went out of his way to help me. Gary is like the Des Lynam of my era, let’s make him feel nice and old!
“Match Of The Day is the biggest job on television, and if I ever got the opportunity of course I’d say yes. When Gary decides to call it a day, I’m sure the BBC will have a look around and decide who’s the best fit for the job.
“Obviously I’d be absolutely delighted if it was me. But Gary’s not going anywhere.”
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