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Murray dumped from MOTD2 for ‘irritating pundits’

Colin Murray has been axed as presenter of MOTD2 and will be replaced by Mark Chapman from the start of next season.

A BBC spokesperson confirmed the news to the Daily Mail, saying: "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. He will continue to play a key role in BBC output."

However, the paper reports that one of the key reasons why Murray was sacked from the role was because he "irritated a number of BBC football pundits".

"Alan Hansen sneeringly told Murray on one occasion that he should leave the negative comments to the experts," the paper reports.

"Chapman will be expected to ask Hansen and co more questions rather than giving his own opinions as Murray preferred to do in his irreverent presenter's role."

Last year the BBC were also forced to apologise when the Northern Irish presenter commented on Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina's "lame headbutt" on Newcastle defender James Perch.

Murray took over the programme's presenting duties two years ago when Adrian Chiles left to join ITV.

Chapman has performed numerous roles for the BBC, particularly on radio where he is a regular on Radio 5 Live.

He has also presented football on both FIVE and ESPN.