Wednesday 12 Mar 2014
Manish Bhasin is to front a new Monday night Football League show that will give fans across the Midlands unrivalled access to their teams.
Late Kick Off will provide in depth coverage of all 14 teams across the region – Burton, Cheltenham, Chesterfield, Coventry, Derby, Hereford, Leicester, Lincoln, Notts County, Nottingham Forest, Port Vale, Shrewsbury, Walsall and West Bromwich Albion.
The show, which starts on 18 January 2010 on BBC One Midlands at 11.35pm (subject to variation), will get right to the heart of local football with a mix of discussion, opinion, interviews and match analysis.
More than just a highlights programme, it promises to get to grips with the issues fans want to talk about as well as giving some insightful reports both on and off the pitch.
Leicester-born Manish Bhasin, who fronts the BBC's Football League Show after five years as the BBC's Football Focus presenter, will bring his own sporting expertise to the programme.
He will be joined each week by different guests and pundits from the world of football to talk about the weekend's biggest games – with all the goals scored and conceded by the 14 clubs.
Regular studio pundits will include Derby midfielder Robbie Savage, former West Bromwich Albion and Derby favourite Darren Moore, and former Leicester and England goalkeeper Tim Flowers.
Robbie Savage and Nottingham Forest assistant manager David Kelly will join Manish for the first programme, which will feature West Bromwich Albion's trip that night to Newcastle.
Over the coming weeks there will be a special report on how Burton Albion are adjusting to life in the Football League.
And a chat with the world boxing champion who was knocked out when he met his footballing heroes.
Manish says: "I'm absolutely delighted to have been asked to present Late Kick Off. It's always exciting to be part of something that is completely new and its good news for Football League fans who'll get to see more of their local teams on television but in a way they may not have seen before.
"They'll get to see the goal action but we'll also examine stories and issues of the day from a different perspective, providing high quality sports journalism and comment and analysis from the region's experts."
Late Kick Off complements coverage of the Football League – which returned to the BBC in August for the first time since 1988 – building on the success of the network highlights programme, The Football League Show, along with live coverage of two League Cup semi finals and the League Cup final.
Along with action from the Premier League on Match Of The Day and BBC Radio 5 Live, the BBC provides sports fans with access to all the goals and all the action, the length and breadth of the country.