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Premier League boss set to resign after Newcastle United controversy – Report

2 weeks ago

Gary Hoffman is set to resign, according to Sky Sports.

The current Premier League Chairman having only started the job some 17 months ago in June 2020.

For so long, the likes of Gary Hoffman and Richard Masters were seen by many Newcastle United fans as the ones to blame for the stalling of the takeover for well over a year.

However, when Saudi Arabia reached an agreement / deal with beIN Sports regarding broadcasting and TV piracy issues in early October 2021, approval of the NUFC takeover swiftly followed, leading to widespread reporting of other Premier League clubs being unhappy about the approval given and not having been kept updated by Richard Masters and Gary Hoffman.

Now Sky Sports say that their information (see below) is that Gary Hoffman will resign very soon, unless there is a show of support for him from amongst the clubs who are said to have heavily criticised him.

The broadcaster’s report makes clear that any complaints from certain Premier League clubs about supposedly not being properly updated, are out of order, due to the fact that the Premier League board consisting of Gary Hoffman and others, were bound by confidentiality obligations when dealing with the Newcastle United takeover.

Sky Sports report – 16 November 2021:

‘Premier League chairman Gary Hoffman to resign amid clubs’ fury over Newcastle takeover

Gary Hoffman’s resignation as the Premier League’s chairman, which could be announced this week, will come just days before the publication of a review aimed at strengthening the regulation of English football

The chairman of the Premier League is on the brink of resigning following a backlash from clubs over its handling of the Saudi-led takeover of Newcastle United.

Sky News has learnt that Gary Hoffman, who only took up the non-executive post 18 months ago, is close to finalising his exit after coming under pressure to quit in the last few weeks.

An announcement about his departure could be made in the coming days, an executive at one top-flight club said.

There remained a chance that Mr Hoffman could change his mind if a sufficient number of clubs sought to persuade him to do so, the insider added, although the likelihood of that appears slim.

All 20 top-flight clubs are understood to have been briefed on the situation.’

‘Some senior figures in the game argue that Mr Hoffman is being unfairly left to carry the can over the Newcastle deal, and say the League’s board was put in an impossible position.’

‘…it has faced criticism from an array of clubs that they should have been kept more closely informed about the progress of the protracted Newcastle negotiations.

Some club executives have also argued that the deal should have been blocked because of the Saudi regime’s poor human rights record.

The clubs’ complaints were swiftly rejected by the Premier League on account of its confidentiality obligations during discussions with the consortium…’


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