Gary Hoffman, the Premier League’s chairman, is set to resign as a result of the turmoil surrounding the Saudi-led takeover of Newcastle United.
Hoffman, who has just been in the post for 18 months, received an unofficial vote of confidence from Premier League chairmen last week, with more than half of them asking for his dismissal. He plans to leave this week, with the league and himself working out the last details.
After becoming the target of clubs’ wrath over the way the Newcastle transaction was allowed, he will step down. Clubs protested that they were not properly informed about a decision to allow the Saudi sovereign wealth fund to buy the club, and that they were only advised of the outcome through email following reports in the media.
Hoffman, 61, sent the emails, which were viewed as a “final straw” for teams – notably those outside the top six – who had lost faith in the chairman. Hoffman’s role at the Premier League is non-executive. He was a highly respected banker who ran Northern Rock after it was nationalised during the financial crisis. However, his brief time has coincided not just with Covid, but also with Project Big Picture’s and the European Super League’s failed secession schemes, plots that enraged many of the same clubs that eventually wanted him gone.
source : guardian sport