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Walker fronted the Saturday lunchtime BBC One show between 2009 and 2021, before Alex Scott took over.
As revealed by Mail Sport this week, the 49-year-old programme has lost more than one third of its early-season viewers in the space of four years.
While Football Focus isn't thought to be under immediate threat of disappearing from Saturday schedules, reversing that decline will be a priority for the corporation's new director of sport once Barbara Slater retires next spring.
Walker, who followed in the footsteps of presenters Sam Leitch, Bob Wilson, Steve Rider, Gary Lineker, Ray Stubbs and Manish Bhasin in 2009, expressed his regret over the sad situation.
Former Football Focus presenter Dan Walker has expressed his sadness at the iconic BBC show's slump in viewing figures over recent years
The show has continued to decline since Alex Scott took over from Walker in 2021
Walker said on X that he feels 'sad' about the show's decline and hopes it remains on the air
He wrote on X: 'It's hard to see Football Focus struggling. I loved it growing up and it was an honour to present it and I still miss it.