England football boss resigns after Saudi takeover backlash


Sky Sports claim to have learned that Hoffman, a former Barclays executive who only took office 18 months ago, has bowed to pressure to resign in recent weeks since acquiring the Fund’s $ 400 million Saudi public investment, 80% of relegation. -club northeast threatened.

All 20 of England’s top-flight outfits have reportedly been notified of his exit, an executive from one of them said.

And while there was a chance that Hoffman would change his mind if a number of clubs persuaded him to do so, the likelihood of that happening seems slim.

Instead, a departure announcement could be made in the coming days.

Moreover, such a move comes on the eve of a review led by ex-UK Sports Minister Tracey Couch, which is expected to be made public next week.

It is believed the document will recommend the creation of England’s independent football regulator, which will be given new powers to control club ownership and governance.

In support of this, Hoffman’s potential exit, which suggests that the powers that are at the top of the English game lack the capacity to govern themselves ethically and constructively.

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Questions will also be asked about the credible candidates who could replace him, and the unhealthy power that Premier League clubs have to pressure and influence such a departure.

Some senior officials are said to have the feeling that Hoffman has become the man of the fall for Newcastle buyout, which angered their rivals and left the Premier League board in an impossible position.

Amid reports of a possible vote of no confidence in Hoffman, and an unofficial vote already taken according to the Financial Times, other clubs felt they should have been kept informed of the coup. and the progress of the negotiations.

Even still, these are still boom times for the Premier League, which is on the verge of securing a record sum for television rights in the United States while being relatively free from the pandemic.



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