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A watershed moment in presenting football coverage took place last month when Matt Le Tissier, Phil Thompson and Charlie Nicholas were all sacked by Sky Sports' Soccer Saturday programme.

Presenter Jeff Stelling described the the trio's dismissal as one of the saddest days of his life and Sportsmail has since revealed that the 65-year-old is considering his own future after 25-years at the helm of the popular show.

However, the programme has gained popularity due to regular on-screen gaffes, Chris Kamara's comedic moments at games and general good-natured debate of the hottest topics in football.  

Here, Sportsmail looks back at some of the funnier moments that the gang enjoyed together on Sky Sports' flagship programme. 

Sportsmail takes you through some of the funniest moments from Soccer Saturday history

Sportsmail takes you through some of the funniest moments from Soccer Saturday history

Kammy reports Vanden Borre's 'substitution'   

Where else can we start but with Chris Kamara's most infamous gaffe from April 2010?

The pundit entirely missed Anthony Vanden Borre being sent off during Portsmouth's game against Blackburn.

Kamara's infamous 'Unbelievable Jeff' became 'I don't know Jeff' when he was asked by Stelling who had seen red at Fratton Park. 

The gaffe however caused even further raucous laughter when Kamara was informed that Belgian Vanden Borre had been given his marching orders for a second yellow card, with the pundit saying he thought he was being substituted. 

Chris Kamara believed Anthony Vanden Borre had been subbed off when he had seen red

Chris Kamara believed Anthony Vanden Borre had been subbed off when he had seen red

Daniel Sturridge diving feud 

While there have been jokes a plenty on the show, it has also given rise to some heated debates, and this particular argument took place between presenter Stelling and Phil Thompson.

Then Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge went down too easily in the eyes of Burnley boss Sean Dyche, who called the forward a 'cheat' after a match between the two sides in December 2018.

When questioned by Stelling if he had dived, Thompson began his argument with the words 'when he dived there', which Stelling seized upon while the Reds legend attempted to justify his statement.

Thompson took umbrage with Dyche labelling Sturridge a cheat, believing that term should be used only for repeat offenders, but he was soon informed that Sturridge had been booked three times in the Premier League for diving.  

Liverpool legend Phil Thompson got into an argument with Jeff Stelling over a diving incident

Liverpool legend Phil Thompson got into an argument with Jeff Stelling over a diving incident

Blackpool in 10th place

Blackpool's maiden season in the Premier League in the 2010/11 season did end in relegation back to the Championship.

But their finish was far below Le Tissier's prediction of mid-table in January 2011, but getting it out of him was far harder than expected.

When Stelling put the question to him, Le Tissier took time to consider his answering before blurting out: 'Good question. I think between ninth and 11th.'

Stelling reacted qucikly to Matt Le Tissier's long-winded way of where Blackpool would finish

Stelling reacted qucikly to Matt Le Tissier's long-winded way of where Blackpool would finish

However, the savvy Stelling was right on his case and quickly retorted: 'So 10th then?' which drew a range of laughs from the rest of the panel.

A rather sheepish looking Le Tissier then repeated his assessment, whilst everyone looked with amusement. 

Nevertheless, speaking of sheepish... 

He's not a shepherd Merse!

Paul Merson has managed a fair few blunders with vocabulary over the years, but this particular effort caused his fellow pundits to poke an inordinate amount of fun at him.  

He was commenting on a match between West Ham and Burnley in November 2018, and was speaking about a player who had just got caught and was moving rather sheepishly.

However, Merson indicated that the player had turned to shepherding duties for the day and was now moving 'sheeplessly'.

Paul Merson got himself in a tangle when he mixed up the adjective 'sheepish' with sheeplessly

Paul Merson got himself in a tangle when he mixed up the adjective 'sheepish' with sheeplessly

Stelling was the first to retort, replying: 'He hasn't even got his sheep with him,' before Nicholas interjected with: 'What is he a shepherd?'.

Even Merson himself was confused as to how he managed to confuse the day, saying out loud: 'How did I say that?'. 

Oh Merse. 

Specsavers retort 

A riposte of advising someone to head to Specsavers has become one of the most common comebacks when controversial decisions are being debated.

The use of the term filtered through to the Sky Sports studio however in the 2010/11 season when Nicholas was covering Blackpool's trip to Stoke City.

During his 30-second summary the Scot mentioned that Seasiders striker

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