Matt cements media move with BBC show

MATT Holland's move into the media world has been cemented with the ex-Blues skipper hosting a new television football show.

Elvin King

MATT Holland's move into the media world has been cemented with the ex-Blues skipper hosting a new television football show.

Any thoughts that the former Republic of Ireland international would move into coaching after he hung his boots up at the end of last season can now be removed.

Holland, who has been involved in an increasing amount of radio and TV work in the last few years, is to front a Monday night Football League show called 'Late Kick-off' that will highlight news from Ipswich Town, Colchester United, Milton Keynes, Northampton Town, Norwich City, Peterborough United and Southend United.


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Excited by this new venture in his life, Holland said: “I'm looking forward to presenting the new programme.

“I'm hoping as an ex-player to provide fans with in-depth match analysis and also go behind the scenes and give an insight to life outside the 90 minutes.”

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The show starts next Monday on BBC1 at 11.35pm and plans to get to the heart of East Anglian football with a mix of discussion, opinion, interviews and match analysis.

Holland, who finished his playing career with Charlton at the end of last season, will be joined each week by different guests and pundits to talk about the weekend's biggest games and talking points.

There will also be regular features, such as player profiles, a regular dip into the archives, and an opportunity for supporters to share their views on what's happening at their clubs and the game in general.

The programme will complement coverage of the Football League, which returned to the BBC in August for the first time since 1988, building on the success of the network highlights programme.

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