Mark Lawrenson claims Dan Walker found out he was leaving BBC’s Football Focus through rumours.

Mark Lawrenson attacked the BBC again, claiming that former presenter Dan Walker only found out he had lost his role on Football Focus through rumors circulating about his future.

Lawrenson, who retired at the end of last season after 30 years as an expert and co-commentator for the corporation, previously claimed his own departure was because he was 65, white and male.

Walker replaced Manish Bhasin as Football Focus main presenter in 2009, but stepped down in 2021 after 12 years, with Alex Scott taking over.

Mark Lawrenson has claimed that former Football Focus presenter Dan Walker found out about his departure from the show through rumors circulating about his future.

Mark Lawrenson has claimed that former Football Focus presenter Dan Walker found out about his departure from the show through rumors circulating about his future.

And Lawrenson was critical of Walker no longer being on the show and the way his departure was handled.

‘I just don’t understand. I think the premise should be, no matter how old you are, what color you are or whatever, if you can do what’s asked of you and you’re really good at the job, then you should stay at the job,” he told GB News.

It’s very, very strange. I mean, Dan Walker, I’m sure you know Dan, he used to host Football Focus. He basically found out from rumors that he had lost his job at the end of the season.

“So I’m afraid it’s a strange way the BBC operates. And they seem very afraid of giving you bad news. It is a very strange thing.

Lawrenson hit the BBC for the second time after leaving the corporation earlier this year.

Lawrenson hit the BBC for the second time after leaving the corporation earlier this year.

Lawrenson hit the BBC for the second time after leaving the corporation earlier this year.

In announcing his departure in April 2021, Walker had hinted that the decision to leave had not been his.

‘Hello, I have some news. This is going to be my last season presenting Football Focus. It has been a real pleasure, 12 amazing years, and I can honestly say I loved every second of it,” he said in a Twitter video.

“I am very proud of the work we have done, the changes we have made to the programme, the issues we have looked at and at a time when the landscape of football is changing tremendously.

“But, having said all that, after 12 years it is time for someone else to take the reins. I’m really going to miss the magic of the show, the opportunities it’s given me, the great friends, lots of friends I’ve made along the way, and the thousands and thousands of conversations I’ve had with people who thankfully love. the program as well as me.

Walker spent 12 years hosting the show from 2009-2021 until his departure last year.

Walker spent 12 years hosting the show from 2009-2021 until his departure last year.

Walker spent 12 years hosting the show from 2009-2021 until his departure last year.

‘And I’m also looking forward to telling you about an exciting opportunity or two further down the road. I really hope you enjoy the rest of the season and I’ll see you soon.

Lawrenson has previously attacked the BBC when speaking about his aforementioned departure after three decades working for them.

Earlier this month, Lawrenson told The Sunday Times: ‘The Beebs are probably the worst at giving you bad news. It was just, “We’re going on the road next season with Focus. We don’t think that’s really a thing for you.”

‘I haven’t watched the show since to see if they’ve gone on tour. They forget that you are an ex-footballer and could be replaced, dropped or transferred. Someone might say to me, “Sorry, that’s not good news.” And I’d be like, “Okay, just tell me what it is.”

Walker was replaced as presenter on Football Focus ex-England and Arsenal star Alex Scott

Walker was replaced as presenter on Football Focus ex-England and Arsenal star Alex Scott

Walker was replaced as presenter on Football Focus ex-England and Arsenal star Alex Scott

“I wish they had told me at the beginning of my contract last year: ‘You had a great run, thank you very much and you will not work next season.'”

Lawrenson also revealed that he should have thought about leaving the show when host Walker left.

Although he was initially upset with Walker’s replacement, former England and Arsenal player Alex Scott, he decided to support her.

“Alex just came on board, so from the beginning we tried to make the show as easy as possible for her,” he said.

“It was a little frustrating because she would ask you a question and then she would go on to the next person and I wanted to say something that I had just thought of, but I had to shut up because she was learning.”

You have done well to be fair to her and she is a lovely child. It’s a difficult concert, because Dan was very good. Some people just don’t want it to be good, but it’s gotten better and better.

He also battled criticism for wearing brands like Greggs while at the BBC, and when, as a radio co-commentator following Princess Diana’s death in 1997, he was told to avoid any reference to free-kick ‘walls’. . in case someone had been offended by the language used.

Lawrenson claimed that he became ‘anti-awakening’ and rebelled against the very safe culture of the BBC, often driven by much younger co-workers.

Lawrenson revealed: ‘In all my time at the BBC, no one ever said you can’t say this or that, but waking up drives me crazy.

Lawrenson also revealed that he became 'anti-awakening' in response to the BBC's aim not to anger people.

Lawrenson also revealed that he became 'anti-awakening' in response to the BBC's aim not to anger people.

Lawrenson also revealed that he became ‘anti-awakening’ in response to the BBC’s aim not to anger people.

‘While you would normally say the first thing that comes into your head, now you’re thinking, ‘Will I get in trouble if I say that?’ It was a bit like playing with your legs tied.

The BBC is the national broadcaster and I understand that, but they are afraid of upsetting someone.

The BBC and Sky Sports have had big changes to their on-screen personalities in recent years. Lawrenson’s friend and former Liverpool teammate Phil Thompson was kicked out of the latter’s Soccer Saturday show.

Lawrenson said: ‘I spoke to Tommo and he was completely taken by surprise. Is the show better? No. Not so good? Yes. It was just a strange, strange thing to do. Now they go around and do theaters and they are full.

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