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Matt Holland presents BBC One's Late Kick Off

Matt Holland will present BBC One's new football show for the East

Former Ipswich Town captain Matt Holland is presenting a new Monday night Football League show on BBC One.

Late Kick Off, which launches at 11.35pm on 18 January, will have behind the scenes coverage of Ipswich and the region's other Football League clubs.

"It's a little bit out of my comfort zone," said Matt.

"I've been a pundit on various programmes but presenting is a little bit different and something I'm looking forward to in 2010."

The new show aims to get to the heart of local football with a mix of discussion, opinion, interviews and match analysis.

Matt Holland lifts the play-off winners' cup in 2000
Matt Holland skippered Ipswich to promotion via the play-offs in 2000

"We're going to give detailed match analysis but also we want to give fans an insight into what their club is like off the pitch as well as on the pitch," said the former Republic of Ireland international.

Matt will be joined each week by guests and pundits from the world of football to discuss the weekend's biggest games and talking points.

There will also be player profiles, regular dips into the archives and a chance for supporters to share their views on their clubs and the game.

"I'm very much looking forward to presenting Late Kick Off in the East," he said.

"I'm hoping as an ex-player to provide fans with in-depth match analysis but also to give an insight to life outside the 90 minutes!"

Republic of Ireland's Matt Holland celebrates scoring against Cameroon in the 2002 World Cup
Matt Holland scored against Cameroon in the 2002 World Cup

Executive producer for BBC East Diana Hare said: "There is clearly a real audience appetite for more coverage of our local Football League teams and we are delighted to be able to offer it.

"Late Kick Off will complement what we already offer online and on local radio."

Matt's playing career saw him lead Ipswich Town to the Premiership via the play-offs in 2000 and represent Ireland at the World Cup two years later.

"Hopefully I can do the programme justice and also repay some of the faith the producers have in me."

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