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Premier League chairman Gary Hoffman 'is on the brink of stepping down'

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Premier League chairman Gary Hoffman ‘is on the brink of stepping down’ after just 18 months in his role in the wake of the fierce backlash from top-flight clubs sparked by Newcastle’s Saudi-led takeover


Gary Hoffman, the Premier League’s chairman, is reportedly close to stepping down from his role just 18 months after taking charge – in the wake of the backlash sparked by Newcastle’s takeover by a Saudi-led consortium.

A number of top-flight clubs have been angered by the handling of the high-profile change of ownership at St James’ Park, and reports last month indicated that the majority of the teams believed Hoffman should leave.

And, as claimed by Sky News this evening, Hoffman is on the brink and close to finalising his departure. An announcement may even be made in the coming days, one executive at a club is understood to believe.

The same outlet adds that there was a chance the much-maligned Hoffman would change his mind and stay in a last-minute U-turn, but only provided a large number of clubs persuaded him to do so. However, it is believed that this is unlikely.

All 20 sides in the Premier League are said to have been briefed on Hoffman’s exit. 

The sensational turn of events follows damning allegations from The Athletic, who wrote that the ire felt towards Hoffman from clubs has reached a tipping point.

Premier League chairman Gary Hoffman is reportedly set to quit his role after just 18 months

Premier League chairman Gary Hoffman is reportedly set to quit his role after just 18 months

In the report, the publication claims that executives across the upper division do not believe Hoffman possesses ‘necessary clout from a governance, political and communication perspective’, and that the Newcastle takeover only made this worse.

Hoffman was appointed as the chairman of the top-flight back in April 2020, but has endured a turbulent time since. He took over with football in England stopped indefinitely as a result of the first lockdown used to tackle the Covid-19 pandemic.

Earlier this year, the pressure on the Premier League ratcheted up further after the controversial European Super League breakaway, which failed after supporters protested vocally and the majority of the member clubs pulled out.

And, in the middle of the storm, Hoffman is said to have struggled for popularity during his time at the top of the football pyramid. 

More to follow. 

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