Homes Under The Hammer presenter Dion Dublin, 52, has revealed Alex Scott’s progression from retired footballer to TV host in such a short amount of time has left him stunned. The former Arsenal player was announced as the new presenter of Football Focus in May this year after Dan Walker decided to step down.
Alex retired from her career as a professional footballer in 2017 and moved straight on to landing a role as the first female football pundit at a World Cup for the BBC in 2018.
She then branched out as a regular guest host on The One Show, before competing in Strictly Come Dancing in 2019 alongside professional dancer Neil Jones.
Speaking out on her skills as a presenter, Dion, who often works with Alex on Football Focus, said in an exclusive interview with Express.co.uk: “Alex Scott has come in now to do Football Focus in the place of Dan, and Alex, I don’t know how she’s done this, she’s gone from being a good presenter to being a very, very good presenter in a short space of time.
“And she’s still learning, she’s only young.
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“She’s not long retired and she’s got the Football Focus gig, and the more she does it, the better she’ll get.”
Dion then detailed the conversations he had with Alex before she took on the role.
The former footballer said: “I speak to Alex all the time and if there’s any advice I can give her, I will give her.
“She listens all the time, she’s a very good listener and she will be a very, very good presenter for Football Focus.
“She knows that she’s got a very, very big gig, but she’s confident, and I’m confident that she’ll smash it out the park.
“She’s been brilliant, to retire and then take on the world of media and presenting so quickly.
“I mean, being as beautiful as she is and as confident as she is, that helps.
“But if you’re as knowledgeable as Scottie, and you know the game as well as Scottie, then you’ve got a chance at having a long career in presenting, which I’m sure she’ll have and she’ll always have my support.”
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Dan fronted Football Focus for 12 years before his exit.
When quizzed on whether he was surprised to see Dan leave his Football Focus role behind, Dion admitted: “Yes I was, I was surprised to see him go.
“I think Dan is brilliant, he’s great – his sense of humour, his sporting knowledge, he makes it about the product not about himself, and all good presenters do this.
“He just passes everything over to us, he just gives us something and basically says, ‘There you go, chat about that’.