Paddy McGuinness is new A Question of Sport presenter as he replaces Sue Barker

Take Me Out presenter Paddy McGuinness is set to replace Sue Barker as host on A Question of Sport while Sam Quek and Ugo Monye will take over as team captains.

The major shake up had former footballer Alex Scott previously linked to the role of anchoring the show, with Jack Whitehall and Peter Crouch also understood to have been considered.

But Top Gear co-host McGuinness, 47, has secured the role and will team up with Olympic hockey gold medallist Quek and ex-England and Lions rugby star Monye.

Quek has presented sport on TV including American football, rugby and hockey. Monye is a prolific rugby broadcaster both on radio and television.

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The BBC announced ten months ago that they were ending the 24-year stint of Barker, who took over from forner presenter David Coleman.

Captains Matt Dawson and Phil Tufnell were also let go from the popular BBC programme.

Barker previously told of her sadness at being axed from the show after 23 years.

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The former tennis player, 64, said at the time: "I’ve absolutely loved my 24 years fronting A Question of Sport, it’s been my dream job.

"But I understand the BBC want to take the show in a new direction and I’m sad to say goodbye."

Dawson became the longest serving captain after succeeding jockey Frankie Dettori months after winning the Rugby World Cup in 2004.

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He was so thrilled to join the team he missed an England training session to record an episode and was dropped from the national squad.

But he was later recalled he quit rugby in 2006 to focus on it full time.

Cricket star Tufnell joined the team in 2008, replacing Ally McCoist, and "the three amigos" have been permanent fixtures ever since.

A Question of Sport was first broadcast in 1970 and has been hosted by Barker since she took over from David Coleman in 1997.

"QS has been such a huge part of my life – from watching it with my family growing up through my tennis-playing days, and then, of course, as the presenter," Sue said recently.

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