Baggies fan Adrian Chiles sacked by ITV Sport
It was announced on Friday that Mark Pougatch who has cut his teeth with the BBC will take over from Chiles with immediate effect, and after ITV refused to comment on the departure, Radio 4's Steve Hewlett expects lawyers to get involved.
'It is highly unusual to have a big name make such an abrupt departure from such a high-profile role,' Hewlett said. 'I suspect lawyers will soon be involved.'
It is not clear as to why Chiles was removed from his role at the forefront of ITV's football coverage, just halfway through his contract and the broadcaster has not been forthcoming with an explanation.
Chiles was given a one-year contract extension shortly before the World Cup last year, and it is understood that he was told last week that ITV wanted to terminate it.
It was a one-year deal worth around £500,000 just to host football. He had to take a £1million cut in salary at that time as he was no longer hosting the doomed Daybreak breakfast show.