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Chris Kamara is stepping down from Football Saturday amid fresh health scares but insists it is “not the end” of the expert career

CHRIS KAMARA appears to have confirmed he is stepping down from Football Saturday’s role.

The beloved Sky Sports The broadcaster has bravely revealed that it is battling a speech disorder after viewers raised concerns for its well-being.

Chris Kamara has confirmed he will take a backseat to live football Saturday coverage

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Chris Kamara has confirmed he will take a backseat to live football Saturday coveragePhoto credit: Getty
The popular broadcaster recently unveiled a new health fight

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The popular broadcaster recently unveiled a new health fightPhoto credit: Getty

The 64-year-old told fans last year it was him diagnosed with thyroid disease.

And while covering Shrewsbury Town’s League One trip to Rotherham on Saturday afternoon, Sky viewers noticed Kamara slurred his words.

Several tweeted him and asked, “Are you alright buddy?”

The star and former leeds, Brentford and Mittelbrough Midfielder later revealed he suffered from a new health condition this hinders his ability to speak.

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Now he has revealed again on Twitter that “live TV” has to “take a back seat” for the time being.

Which seems to confirm that he will no longer be reporting live from across the country every weekend.

He wrote: “Thank you everyone for the best wishes.

“Twitter can be a wonderful platform. The response to my apraxia was overwhelming.

“Unfortunately, this isn’t the end for you viewers, but ‘Live TV’ may have to take a back seat at the moment. Thanks.”

Speech apraxia is a condition that makes speaking difficult, where sufferers know what they want to say but have difficulty communicating their words.

Kamara was inundated with words of support from fans and peers after revealing his health struggle, with over 112,000 users liking his post as a show of support.

Colleague on football Saturday Jeff Stelling Kamara also replied with a heartwarming message.

He wrote: “@chris_kammy you still bring life, energy, fun and understanding to all your reports on Football Saturday. We all love you buddy. Keep it up!”

Sky presenter Dave Jones also sent his well wishes, hailing Kamara as a “hero” for his ongoing health struggles.

Football Saturday colleague Jeff Stelling has pledged his support to Kammy

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Football Saturday colleague Jeff Stelling has pledged his support to KammyPhoto credit: Sportsfile

Jones said, “You are a hero to me and so many others, Kammy, sending love.”

During his footballing days, Kammy played for various clubs including Brentford, Swindon Town and Leeds United.

He was appointed manager of Bradford City in November 1995 and guided the club from potential relegation to play-off promotion winners in 1996.

He joined Sky Sports in 1999 and has co-presented Goals on Sunday with Ben Shephard and the former Arsenal footballer Alex Scott since 2000.

Alongside his work for Sky Sports, Kammy presents Ninja Warrior UK by ITVagain with Shephard and Rochelle Humes.

Kammy has also appeared on The Chase: Celebrity Special, Saturday night snack by Ant & Dec and Permissive women.

Most recently, Kammy took part in the Be sure to come dance special for Sports Aid 2018.

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