Graeme Souness tears up as he announces daring next move after Sky Sports exit

Graeme Souness will swim the English Channel in a bid to raise money for charity as he swaps the comfort of the Sky Sports studio for freezing waters.

The Liverpool icon announced in May that he would not be renewing his contract with the lead Premier League broadcaster and will now be raising cash for charity DEBRA.

DEBRA, which supports people living with Epidermolysis Bullosa, of which the 70-year-old told BBC Breakfast while holding back tears: "It's the most horrendous disease."

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A visibly emotional Souness added: "If you're effected by it you must wake up every morning and say: 'Why me? It is a desperate situation.

"And then… sorry. And then the parents have to deal with that. And that's why we're doing it."

A degenerative condition that attacks the organs, lungs and development of children, 14-year-old Isla is one of an estimated 500,000 people worldwide battling Epidermolysis Bullosa.

Souness first got in contact with Isla four years back, remaining in contact to inspire the 21-mile swim which takes an average of 13-and-a-half hours.

The swim will take place next month, with the Scot aiming to raise £1.1million, having never before been in the sea before taking on the fundraiser.

After 15 years with Sky, Souness insisted that he will not be entering retirement with new challenges ahead.

He said at the time: "I'm going to miss you guys, the guys behind the scenes, our makeup girl, I’ll miss you all.

"You know, for me, I decided that football management wasn’t for me anymore. I had the wrong temperament for it, the wrong personality.

"And then I was given the opportunity to do this and it’s been magnificent. It’s just been the most fantastic time for me, because I love football."

To donate to DEBRA, visit the fundraising page using this link.


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