Stelling has become a household name for anchoring Gillette Soccer Saturday, bringing fast-paced updates to football fans all across the country on Saturday afternoons.
And while most viewers would credit Stelling for being the heart and soul of the programme he was worked on since 1994, it appears the 62-year-old is contemplating walking away from the show.
Speaking to the Daily Star, Stelling said, “I don’t know how much longer I’ll do presenting. I’ve done it for 40 years.
“I am not sure how long it will go on for. I might want to put my feet up. I am getting on – the next decision will be retirement.”
And the thought of watching the show without Stelling’s presence alongside pundits Matt Le Tissier, Phil Thompson, Paul Merson and Charlie Nicholas, was simply too much to bear for the Twitter faithful:
If Jeff Stelling retires I honestly think it will tip me over the edge of sanity
— Leon (@LeonMilner15) March 23, 2017
Football fans hearing Jeff Stelling might retire pic.twitter.com/hISVbHbtup
— Freebets.co.uk (@freebetscouk) March 23, 2017
Sky Sports' Chief Executive reacts to the news that Jeff Stelling is considering retirement… pic.twitter.com/7L79feiitA
— HLTCO (@HLTCO) March 23, 2017
Was just in the middle of a meeting before someone stopped to say that Jeff Stelling is considering retiring? pic.twitter.com/J3m0ptnASl
— The Burpee Guy (@ForTheBoysTTTS) March 23, 2017
BREAKING: Jeff Stelling is set to retire!
Soccer Saturday will never be the same… pic.twitter.com/34ZNt61jeF
— Coral (@Coral) March 23, 2017
Conte, Rooney, G.Nev, Keano, Mourinho, Ancelotti, Zlatan & Conor Mcgregor react to the news that Jeff Stelling may retire. pic.twitter.com/KkDWm3vHIR
— Al Foran (@ImpressionistAL) March 23, 2017
Jeff Stelling better not retire ???
— ??♂️ (@JermaineHoodC) March 23, 2017
Jeff Stelling retiring the world has gone mad
— TheLegend27 (@Spifingful) March 23, 2017
If Jeff Stelling retires, I'm done with sky sports news
— Jay (@Jaykydd_) March 23, 2017
Jeff Stelling is said to be contemplating retirement, as he isn't sure he can take any more devastating takedowns: pic.twitter.com/lrkS6qNaBN
— Paddy Power (@paddypower) March 23, 2017
That feeling when you hear Jeff Stelling is considering retirement… ? pic.twitter.com/Ja4kyPdiNw
— TheFootballRepublic (@TheFootballRep) March 23, 2017
Hearing Jeff Stelling is contemplating retirement, no. Please stay on, Jeff.
— M. (@markabochi) March 23, 2017
Jeff Stelling is contemplating leaving Soccer Saturday and Sky Sports…
Here is one of his brilliant moments from this season… ?? pic.twitter.com/ZsrNAVUzNa
— Serious Football Bet (@seriousbetting) March 23, 2017
If Jeff Stelling calls it a day then they may as well cancel soccer Saturday
— Sam (@sam_targett) March 23, 2017
Sky Sports simply won’t be the same place without him.