Martin Tyler: Legendary Commentator Leaves Sky Sports After 33 Years
Martin Tyler departs Sky Sports having covered many of the Premier League’s biggest moments, from Stan Collymore’s famous winner for Liverpool against Newcastle in 1996 to the iconic ‘Aguerooooo’ title-winning goal for Man City in 2012
Legendary commentator Martin Tyler will leave Sky Sports ahead of the new season after spearheading the company’s Premier League coverage for over 30 years.
The 77-year-old left an indelible mark on English football as Sky’s lead Premier League commentator since its inception in 1992, with his voice inextricably linked with some of the most iconic moments in football history.
Tyler said: “In my humble opinion, the huge corporation Sky is today has stemmed from Sky Sports’ innovative and inspired coverage of the Premier League.
“It has been a privilege to play a small part in the broadcasting history of the greatest league in the world. Along the way I have worked alongside legions of wonderful professionals in all aspects of the television industry. I thank them all for their support and expertise. It has been an honour to be a member of a very gifted team.”
Tyler has presided over thousands of matches throughout his career, covering Champions League, World Cup and European Championship finals.
But it is his coverage of the breath-taking climax to the 2011/12 season, where he captured the magnitude of Sergio Aguero’s dramatic title-winning goal, and the emotion of Manchester City’s first Premier League title triumph, which is arguably the most-enduring memory from his illustrious career.
Gary Hughes, Sky Sports‘ director of football said: “Everyone at Sky Sports would like to say a heartfelt thank you to Martin for his unparalleled contribution and dedication to our coverage over the last 30 years. ‘The Voice’ will always be synonymous with the Premier League and Sky Sports. When you think of commentary, you think of Martin Tyler.
“‘Collymore closing in’ [from Liverpool’s 4-3 win over Newcastle in 1996] and ‘Aguerrrrrroooooooooo’ are two of the greatest moments in Premier League history. We thank him and wish him all the very best for the future.”
Former Liverpool defender and now Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher described Tyler as “one of the all-time legends of the commentary box”.
He tweeted: “I listened to Martin Tyler commentate on Everton’s greatest ever game against Bayern Munich in 1985, he was commentating on my full debut & first goal for Liverpool as an 18yr old in 1997.
“I then had the privilege to work alongside him for 10yrs, the highlight being an Origi last minute derby winner!”
He added: “Aguerooooo is one of the most iconic commentary lines in the history of the game!”
Long-serving Sky Sports reporter Geoff Shreeves said Tyler is the “consummate professional”.
“I don’t know anyone whose dedication is matched by his passion for football,” Shreeves added. “Hugely respected within the game and television. Proud to have worked with him for 30+ years.”
Richard Masters, Premier League chief executive, said: “Martin has had an incredible broadcasting career, spanning nearly 50 years commentating on football, and his voice has been synonymous with the Premier League since it began in 1992.
“He has made a remarkable contribution to the game and there will be generations of football fans who will always remember his words in those big game moments, and of course ‘that goal’ by Aguero on the last day of the 2012 season.
“Whether on Sky Sports, ITV or globally through his work with Premier League Productions and other international broadcasters, covering Premier League games, European matches or World Cups, Martin’s insightful commentary and analysis has always added something special to games.
“I would like to thank Martin on behalf of everyone at the Premier League for the incredible role he has played and we will miss hearing him from the Sky Sports commentary box.”