Piers Morgan teases he’s replacing Dan Walker on BBC’s Football Focus

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Piers Morgan has teased he is set to jump from ITV to the BBC and replace his former rival Dan Walker on Football Focus.

Taking to Twitter on Thursday morning, Dan confirmed he is leaving the sporting show in a self shot video.

The TV regular said: "It has been an amazing 12 years and I have loved every second of it.

"I am so proud of the job we’ve done, the changes we’ve made and issues we’ve looked at while the football landscape changed immeasurably.

"I’d like to say thank you to the amazing team at Focus who put so much into the show each week and thank you to the audience for tuning in every Saturday."

Quote tweeting Dan, Piers added for his seven million followers: "I start Saturday."

The outspoken star has long sparred with Dan thanks to their rivalry for TV ratings against BBC Breakfast and Good Morning Britain.

When Piers joined GMB it was trailing the BBC and he often sparred with Dan about ITV catching them up.

On his final day at Good Morning Britain before quitting amid a row over Meghan Markle, Piers helped the show beat BBC Breakfast for the first time ever.

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Addressing Dan's departure, Philip Bernie, Head of TV at BBC Sport, added: “Dan has been exceptional as presenter of Football Focus for the last 12 years. He is a top-class broadcaster who has brought authority, wit and fun to the show, always working so well with such warmth with the guests on the show.

"We are extremely grateful for all he given to Focus.

"We will continue to enjoy watching him on the BBC’s sport output as well as the wider BBC."

Since Piers quit GMB, the ITV show has struggled to regain it's impressive ratings.

While Susanna Reid will remain the main presenter Monday to Wednesday, she will now be joined by a rolling co-star.

For the month of April ITV have booked Good Morning Britain stand-in Adil Ray.

Confirming the news via Twitter, Adil added: "I will be co hosting Good Morning Britain throughout the whole of April Mon to Weds, starting this Monday with Kate Garraway and with Susanna Reid after the hols.

"I would love for you to make it your daily wake up if you fancy it!"

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