Ian Wright has opened up about his decision to leave BBC Match of the Day after 27 years and revealed he is "not leaving to go to Sky".

The Arsenal legend first appeared on Match of the Day back in 1997 while he was still a player, but announced late last year that he would be leaving the show at the end of the season. Wright will continue to work as a pundit and will be part of ITV's Euro 2024 coverage.

He also has his own podcast, Wrighty's House, and is a regular on The Overlap alongside Gary Neville, Jamie Carragher and Roy Keane. And in an interview with GQ, Wright was asked about his decision to leave Match of the Day.

"It's time, Match of the Day is so iconic, so it's a tough one," Wright said. "But, for me, it's just run its course. I'm done." Match of the Day is typically broadcast live at 10:30pm on Saturday evenings during the Premier League season and the schedule ultimately took its toll.

The show is filmed at the BBC's studios in Salford, with Wright leaving his home in London at 8:30am and not getting back until 3:30am the following day. "It takes me two or three days to get over that. I'm 60 now [and] it's just taken its toll," he explained.

Wright was recently a guest pundit on Sky Sports' Monday Night Football, which sparked suggestions he was leaving Match of the Day to join Sky full-time. However, Wright has no plans to join another broadcaster.

"You might see me pop up on MNF but I'm not leaving to go to Sky," the 60-year-old added. "I've got something to offer but, at the same time, it's got to be on my own terms."

Wright opened up about his decision in GQ Magazine (
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Wright has no plans to join Sky Sports full-time (
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Speaking last year about his plans for life after Match of the Day, Wright said he wants to spend more time with his family. "I'm going to actually watch more football. I'm going to watch my granddaughter," he said. "I'm going to watch a lot more women's games.

"I'm going to watch a lot more Arsenal games, just to be there with fans. Go with my son and his missus, be amongst it, just to celebrate when we win or when we lose. It's been a bit of a realisation that I want to give quality time to them. So that's what I want. To watch games, spend time with people."