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Alan Hansen to leave Match of the Day: the reaction
05 September 2013 11:33 AM
Alan Hansen, 58, has announced he will quit his role as a Match of the Day pundit after the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
Known for his hatred of bad defending, Hansen said: "I've been in football for 41 years and I'm going out right at the top, just as I did at Liverpool.
"I have worked for a great organisation with wonderful people on the most fantastic programme."
As he leaves Britain's most watched football show after 22 years, here's a selection of the mixed responses from footy fans.
Do you think it's the right time for Hansen to bow out? Leave your comments below.
Alan Hansen has been a brilliant pundit one of the best , no matter what people said when he spoke you would always be on edge of your seatRobbie Savage (@RobbieSavage8) September 5, 2013
Alan Hansen became a very easy target for some on MotD but always an opinion worth listening to & always a pleasure to deal with.Phil McNulty (@philmcnulty) September 5, 2013
Alan Hansen no one can say "Diabolical Defending" like you #Legend i think you are brilliant will miss youAmy Hannah BurrÖws (@AmyHannahburrow) September 5, 2013
Alan Hansen leaving MOTD. Good riddance. Shambles during WC2010. No research and clearly didn't want to be there.Tom Stafford (@thomasstafford) September 5, 2013
Disappointed to hear Alan Hansen will retire at the end of the season and not now.Jamie Heywood (@lovethybroheim) September 5, 2013
As if Alan Hansen is retiring from Match of the Day. Never gonna find another good Scottish Pundit :( #GuttedChris Briggs (@ChrisBriggs2) September 5, 2013
Imo as a television football pundit, Alan Hansen has been for 2 decades consistently the best. Opinionated, knowledgable, tactically superb.Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) September 5, 2013
. @GaryLineker Has Alan Hansen hacked your account???????????Billy Huyton (@Bubbbbaaaa) September 5, 2013