Jim White has been the face of Sky Sports’ transfer deadline day coverage for many years, but he isn’t leading their coverage for the first time since joining the company in 1998.
The Glasgow-born presenter has built a reputation for how he’s reported on the final day of the window and often connected with viewers, showing a balance of showmanship and professionalism.
White has covered some of the most dramatic transfer sagas in recent memory, including Fernando Torres’ dramatic move from Liverpool to Chelsea and Dimitar Berbatov’s switch to Manchester United.
Another memorable moment was when he met up with then Tottenham Hotspur boss Harry Redknapp and the pair exchanged hilarious comments, which has continued since.
When told he was hoping to seal some late deals, White optimistically said: “You will not fail if you wear my transfer day yellow tie”, whilst Redknapp replied: “Oh my god, Jim… that is a beauty!”
He has also had some spectacular encounters with Jose Mourinho, especially when the Portuguese was in charge of Chelsea.
For decades, football fans have been agonisingly watching the clock ticking towards 11pm and White would usually be alongside Natalie Sawyer, wearing his famous yellow suit and tie.
However, Sky Sports announced in July that the 64-year-old was to leave the channel to focus on other media challenges.
Speaking following his departure from the company, he said: “After 23 fantastic years, it’s time to bid farewell to Sky Sports.
“After much thought and with a heavy heart I leave Sky Sports News – but what a journey it has been.
“Other media challenges lie ahead! I have presented every late shift on every Transfer Deadline Day — thanks for everything Harry!
“To everyone out there, keep watching the best sports news channel in the business. #YellowTieForSale.”
Having already started working for broadcasting giants talkSPORT in 2016, White confirmed that he was to host their morning programme on a full-time basis.
Since then, he and former Crystal Palace chairman Simon Jordan present their 10am until 1pm show on the airwaves and the likes of Darren Bent and Andros Townsend have joined them over the summer.
White remains on talkSPORT and will lead their transfer coverage on what is poised to be a dramatic deadline day.
Source by Football London