Ex-Liverpool and boxing legends lead the tributes to former Portsmouth, Stoke, Leeds and Bradford favourite Chris Kamara following Sky Sports departure

Former Pompey midfielder Chris Kamara has received an ‘unbelievable’ number of tributes following his departure from Sky Sports.

By Sam Cox
Monday, 2nd May 2022, 4:55 am

The popular pundit confirmed to his 1.8million Twitter followers yesterday that he was leaving his position at the television broadcaster..

After 24 years of laughs, gaffes, and banter with his colleagues, the ex-Blues man became a much-liked personality on the screen.

His most infamous moment, of course, came at Fratton Park when he failed to spot Antony Vanden Borre’s red card for Avram Grant’s side in 2010.

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In the 12 years that’s passed, the clip has been viewed millions of times and is still regarded as one of Sky Sports’ funniest moments.

Kamara posted on Twitter: ‘After 24 years at Sky Sports we have announced my departure. I have loved every minute & the memories will live with me forever.

Former Pompey man Chris Kamara is leaving Sky Sports after 24 years. Picture: Pete Norton/Getty Images

‘Working with Jeff & the boys has been Unbelievable! And the special days on Goals on Sunday with Ben Shephard who has become a great pal. I’ve had a blast!

‘Big thanks to everyone once again for your best wishes today. I had a tear in my eye when Unbelievable Jeff got choked up on screen.

‘I can’t thank Sky enough for that wonderful tribute. The good news also is I am nearly there in terms of my health.I have had amazing help.’

This has sparked a number of messages of support sent his way, with his original post quote-tweeted over 1300 times.

And fans and famous figures are among those projecting their well-wishes.

Ben Shephard wrote: There is one word for @chris_kammy and all he’s achieved at Sky and that’s #legend My time with him at Sky and @GoalsOnSundays will always have the most brilliant memories, our friendship is something I’ll cherish forever!!! Can’t wait for our next adventure Kammy #ninja’

Max Rushden said: What a great run @chris_kammy. Bringing Warmth, fun, excitement to football. So many people forget we’re meant to enjoy it. Wish you all the luck in whatever’s next’

Jamie Carragher replied: ‘Sky Sports Legend!’

Leeds United’s official twitter posted: ‘Legend! All the best Kammy!’

Laura Woods said: ‘Kammy, Sky won’t be the same without you’

Tony Bellew wrote: ‘Well done Kammy! #Irreplacable’

Piers Morgan tweeted: ‘Legend.’

And Paddy McGuiness said: ‘Irreplaceable. The voice of a generation of football fans. Always looked forward to your punditry, highlight of my weekends pal’