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Premier League confirms Gary Hoffman will step down as president after resigning 18 months in office

The Premier League confirms that Gary Hoffman will step down as president following his resignation just 18 months after taking office following a fierce reaction from top clubs to the £ 305 million acquisition of Newcastle led by Saudi Arabia.

  • The Premier League also thanked Gary Hoffman for his ‘committed service’
  • Resigned after less than 18 months due to the Newcastle takeover controversy
  • Burnley owner Alan Pace did not express confidence in him in a recent meeting.


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The Premier League has confirmed that President Gary Hoffman will step down from office at the end of January.

The league thanked the 61-year-old Hoffman for his ‘committed service’ in announcing the news, which comes amid the controversy created by the £ 305 million acquisition of Newcastle that was completed last month.

Hoffman said: “It has been a privilege to lead the Premier League for the last two seasons, when the spirit of English football has been more important than ever.

The Premier League has confirmed that Gary Hoffman will step down as president at the end of January

The Premier League has confirmed that Gary Hoffman will step down as president at the end of January

Newcastle was sold to a consortium of the Saudi Arabian Public Investment Fund, PCP Capital Partners and RB Sports & Media (pictured: Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammed bin Salman)

Newcastle was sold to a consortium of the Saudi Arabian Public Investment Fund, PCP Capital Partners and RB Sports & Media (pictured: Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammed bin Salman)

Newcastle was sold to a consortium of the Saudi Arabian Public Investment Fund, PCP Capital Partners and RB Sports & Media (pictured: Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammed bin Salman)

“Now, I have decided that the time is right to step aside to allow new leadership to guide the league through its next exciting phase.”

Hoffman resigned after less than 18 months in office following backlash from clubs over the Saud-led takeover of St James’ Park.

Sportsmail revealed last month that Burnley owner Alan Pace did not express confidence in Hoffman’s leadership at an emergency shareholders meeting on October 19, and that other clubs were also unhappy with the Hoffman’s handling of the matter. Premier League.

While another Premier League meeting took place earlier this month without clubs demanding a vote of no confidence in Hoffman, he felt he lacked the support of most teams.

Hoffman was appointed in April 2020, but went through a tumultuous period before resigning.

Hoffman was appointed in April 2020, but went through a tumultuous period before resigning.

Hoffman was appointed in April 2020, but went through a tumultuous period before resigning.

Their main complaints are understood to revolve around the speed with which the Saudi-led takeover at St James’ Park finally took place and the fact that they were not kept informed.

Sportsmail he understands that there was fury among some that Hoffman ensured that the details of the Newcastle transaction were kept confidential, in accordance with the competition rules.

Those who had the biggest problem with the Newcastle acquisition are their relegation-struggling rivals, however some within the big six have also raised concerns.

Manchester City also joined Newcastle in expressing their displeasure at the sudden ban on sponsorship deals with related parties that was introduced this month.

The change of ownership in Newcastle is worth £ 305 million, but was heavily criticized by clubs.

The change of ownership in Newcastle is worth £ 305 million, but was heavily criticized by clubs.

The change of ownership in Newcastle is worth £ 305 million, but was heavily criticized by clubs.

Many will be sad to see him go given a relative improvement in relations with both the EFL and the FA.

Hoffman’s departure will lead to further instability at the top of the Premier League, which only named him in June 2020 after a long and unsuccessful recruitment process to replace CEO Richard Scudamore.

Two candidates turned down the CEO job and a third resigned before taking office before the eventual appointment of incumbent Richard Masters, who later recruited Hoffman as president.

Clubs were unhappy with the speed with which the Saudi-led takeover at St James' Park finally took place

Clubs were unhappy with the speed with which the Saudi-led takeover at St James' Park finally took place

Clubs were unhappy with the speed with which the Saudi-led takeover at St James’ Park finally took place

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