‘Time To Stand Aside’: Gary Hoffman Confirms Exit As Premier League Chair

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Gary Hoffman, the Premier League’s chairman, has announced his resignation. Hoffman will leave at the end of January as a result of the turmoil surrounding the Saudi-led takeover of Newcastle United.

He’s barely been in the position for 18 months, yet Premier League chairmen gave him an unofficial vote of confidence last week, with more than half calling for his dismissal.

“It has been a privilege to lead the Premier League through the last two seasons – when the spirit of English football has been more important than ever,” Hoffman said. “Now, I have decided the time is right for me to stand aside to allow new leadership to steer the league through its next exciting phase.”

Hoffman has become the focus of clubs’ fury over the way the Newcastle deal was approved. Clubs complained they had not been properly consulted over a decision to allow the Saudi sovereign wealth fund to buy the club, having been notified of the outcome by email and only after reports had been published in the media.

source : guardian sport

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