Alan Hansen has now retired from football punditry following a new generation of football fandom.
Hansen joined the BBC more than 20 years ago and ended his tenure with them on Sunday following Germany’s 1-0 triumph over Argentina in the World Cup final.
Writing his last column for the Telegraph after a 15-year association, the 59-year-old revealed his reasons for retiring, as well as the one thing that could tempt him back to punditry.
Although his reasons are mainly pre-meditated after he made the decision two years ago, Hansen says that Rio Ferdinand and Twitter are reasons that he has called it a day.
“Rio, and Twitter, are two of the factors which prove to me that the time is right to move on after more than two decades,” he wrote.“Rio and I have both played the game at the back at the top level for the biggest clubs and we see and say many of the same things, but Rio brings a freshness to it.
“The viewing public have not got rid of me forever because I will dip in and out of television in the future, but I will not be under contract again to become a permanent pundit on another show. There is an appeal to covering certain Liverpool games, perhaps in the Champions League.”
Hansen made many a controversial statement over his two decades as a pundit on the BBC, most notably his prediction that ‘you will never win anything with kids’ just before Manchester United’s Premier League triumph in 1995-96, which featured a host of youth team products.
“Four years ago, I said that Theo Walcott did not have a football brain,” Hansen added. “I was critical of Walcott’s ability and I am pleased to say that Theo has proved me wrong one million per cent.
“He is a proper player and I have to admit that my comments about him were the only time that I have ever been happy to be wrong.”