Gary Lineker to sign new Match of the Day deal – but BBC force him to take a 500,000 pay cutHe will present football on Beeb until after 2014 World Cup in BrazilFormer England star's 2m-a-year deal is up this summer
Most Match of the Day pundits have also had to swallow salary cuts
Martin Robinson and Charles Sale
10:11 GMT, 24 January 2013
13:03 GMT, 24 January 2013
Gary Lineker is poised to sign a
new contract with the BBC to continue as the host of Match of the Day – but the presenter will take an estimated 500,000 pay cut in the process.
The former England striker will now earn around 1.5million a year – a 25 per cent reduction – as he is one of several of the Corporation's stars to be asked to accept a lower salary.
In return he will be the BBC's face of its flagship football show and also present its coverage of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil and beyond.
2million-a-year deal expires in the summer and his representatives are
confident an extension will be agreed shortly.
Primetime: Gray Lineker will keep his job on the BBC's flagship football programme Match of the Day – but will have to swallow an estimated 500,000 pay cut
In the money: Lineker will take a pay cut, but has a lucrative advertising deal in place with Walkers – one of the longest and most successful partnerships in advertising history
The BBC told MailOnline today the would not comment on the deal, but a source said they were 'confident' it would be signed shortly.
Lineker also has lucrative agreements
to host Al Jazeera's Champions League coverage and his 20-year Walkers
Crisps association, which runs until 2015, is one of the most successful
and long-running advertising tie-ups involving a sporting celebrity.
Lineker has received offers from the
United States – the biggest from Fox Soccer before they lost Premier
League rights to NBC – but the once-a-week MotD commitment fits neatly
into his schedule.
The former Leicester City, Spurs and Barcelona striker married his second wife Danielle Bux three years ago.
Happy: Gary Lineker married his second wife Danielle Bux three years ago after his first marriage brioke down due to his 'unreasonable behaviour'
Lineker separated from his first wife
Michelle in 2006. The couple have four sons, George, Harry, Tobias and
Angus. The couple's 20-year marriage was dissolved in 70 seconds.
A judge accepted that their relationship had irretrievably broken down because of Gary Lineker's 'unreasonable behaviour'.
In High Court papers. Michelle
Lineker, 40, said the former England striker known as football's 'Mr
Nice Guy' had caused her 'stress and anxiety'.
Miss Bux has a daughter Ella from a previous relationship to ex-Coventry City footballer Adam Willis.
renewed confidence in Lineker continuing to head BBC coverage for several more years follows the decision to axe Colin
Murray as host of the Sunday highlights programme Match of the Day 2 next season. He will be replaced by 5 Live presenter Mark Chapman.
It is understood that the Ulsterman had also irritated a number of BBC football pundits by the way he criticised players.
Old and new: Mark Chapman (left) has taken over for Colin Murray (right) on MOTD2 after the Ulsterman was said to have upset the other pundits
Lineker's MotD colleague Alan Hansen reportedly also agreed a 500,000 pay cut last year. Alan Shearer and Mark Lawrenson also faced salary reductions when they discuss new deals.
Hansen’s pay had been the subject of controversy after it was revealed he was earning 1.5million a year for his comments – around 40,000 per show.
Sources said he ‘didn’t complain’ and was keen to stay on, adding that compared with most people in the industry he was still ‘on a very good deal’.
The other pundits are expected to face cuts of about 20 per cent because they are paid less – Shearer is believed to be on 500,000 a year.