Tributes paid to former Sheffield United man Chris Kamara as he announces Sky Sports departure after 24 years

Chris Kamara, the former Sheffield United player turned broadcaster, has been hailed after announcing he is to leave Sky Sports at the end of the season after 24 years.

Monday, 2nd May 2022, 11:23 am

The 64-year-old former Blade, who played for the Blades at the back end of his career before moving into management and punditry, revealed recently that he had developed a speech apraxia disorder alongside an existing thyroid issue.

"My long career at Sky Sports has never felt like work,” Kamara said.

"I've spent 24 terrific years at Sky, and leave with the best of memories. My time on Soccer AM, Goals on Sunday and, of course, on Soccer Saturday with Jeff has been - to coin a phrase - unbelievable.

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"I've had the time of my life, and look forward to tuning in every Saturday as a fan."

Kamara's Sky Sports colleagues paid tribute to his unique talents during Soccer Saturday.

"He was always immaculately prepared. Within football he is so well regarded for his knowledge of the game," presenter Jeff Stelling said.

Chris Kamara in his Sheffield United days.

"It was a privilege to work with Kammy for so long. I am going to miss him enormously."

Former Arsenal and England midfielder Paul Merson added: "His knowledge of football is second to none."

Kamara previously underwent a brain scan to check if he was developing dementia after suffering from what he described as "brain fog", and was worried the illness might be related to heading the ball during his long playing career.

Former Sheffield United man turned pundit Chris Kamara who is leaving Sky Sports at the end of the season after 24 years: Zac Goodwin/PA Wire.

However, his symptoms were instead explained by an underactive thyroid.

Kamara, who has also released two Christmas albums and a charity single as well as presenting on Ninja Warrior UK, is set to be a commentator on ITV's new show The Games, which starts in May.

Sky Sports director of football Gary Hughes said: "Kammy has been a Sky Sports star.

"Everyone has a favourite Kammy anecdote or highlight, and the tribute we paid to him on air this afternoon really shows the special place he has in the hearts of our viewers.

"We've been so lucky to have him, and he will always be part of the Sky Sports football family."