Gary Lineker signs new BBC deal but takes pay cut to keep Match of the Day job

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Gary Lineker has accepted a 23 per cent pay cut with the BBC to stay on as Match of the Day host for another five years.

The former England captain has been presenting Match of the Day since 1999, while also fronting BBC coverage of the FA Cup, major football tournaments and their prestigious Sports Personality of the Year awards ceremony.

And today the BBC have confirmed he has put pen to paper on a new five-year contract, albeit with a significant reduction in pay.

“Gary is the outstanding football presenter of his time,” said BBC Head of TV Sport Philip Bernie.

“The BBC is extremely pleased to have him leading our coverage so exceptionally for another five years.”

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