Mo Farah and Jennifer Saunders among guest managers on new Fantasy Football League series

Mo Farah will be a celebrity guest manager on the new Fantasy Football League series credit:Bang Showbiz
Mo Farah will be a celebrity guest manager on the new Fantasy Football League series credit:Bang Showbiz

Sir Mo Farah, Sir Trevor MacDonald, and Jennifer Saunders will be among the celebrity guest managers in the new 'Fantasy Football League' series.

The show is back from September 29th for a 16-episode series with new hosts, Matt Lucas and Elis James, on a new channel, Sky Max, and Sky have confirmed the likes of Succession’s Brian Cox and singer Tom Grennan will also feature in the new-look programme, which is returning after 18 years.

Each week a pair of celebrity guest managers will join Matt and Elis to discuss the week in football and share their fantasy teams from the digital dugout.

TV and radio presenter Roman Kemp, rapper AJ Tracey, 'Question of Sport' team captain Sam Quek, TV presenters Gabby Logan and Rachel Riley, and actresses Jaime Winstone and Sally Lindsay will also be celebrity guest gaffers during the series.

In May, Sky confirmed 'Fantasy Football League' was returning.

The show was initially created and fronted by David Baddiel and Frank Skinner on BBC Two from 1994 to 2004, and saw celebrities compete against one another as "managers" of their very own fantasy football dream team.

Matt said: "I loved watching 'Fantasy Football League' with Frank, David and Statto and am chuffed to bits to be a part of this new incarnation. I now make a living eating cake and watching football.

"I must be the luckiest man in the world. I also get to share the sofa with Elis, who is not only hilarious but the biggest football geek I’ve ever met. See you next season."

Elis admitted it is a "dream come true" to be co-hosting the programme.

He added: "I couldn’t be more delighted to be bringing back 'Fantasy Football League', although Matt’s Arsenal obsession means writing meetings are often derailed by long, wistful chats about Ray Parlour.

"To be presenting a show I used to tape off the telly is a dream come true.

"The ambition is to make a show that’s as loved as the original, and fill it with references to Swansea City without making it unwatchable."