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The Ulsterman is leaving in the summer with Mark Chapman taking over the reins of the Sunday edition of the BBC's flagship football programme, the corporation has confirmed




Television presenter Colin Murray is to be replaced as the face of Match of the Day 2 next season, the BBC have confirmed.

Just two years after previous host Adrian Chiles left the programme to join ITV, it has been revealed that Mark Chapman will be helming the show from next term.

But fans of Murray will be relieved to hear he will continue to work with the BBC, keeping his usual gigs such as hosting the BDO World Darts Championship, as well as continuing his BBC 5 Live shows.

It is believed the Ulsterman annoyed a number of the BBC's resident football pundits by making his own personal opinions too prominent in his presentational style, particularly when criticising players.

New presenter Chapman, considered a rising star at the BBC after his work with BBC 5 Live, is believed to favour a more questioning approach, giving the likes of Alan Hansen and Mark Lawrenson full rein to air their views.

"We'd like to thank Colin for his great contribution to Match of the Day 2 and look forward to him continuing on the show until the end of the current football season," a BBC spokesman said.

"He will continue to play a key role in BBC output."

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