Gary Hoffman to be named the Premier League's new chairman

Gary Hoffman to be named the Premier League’s new chairman after two years of searching for a successor to Richard Scudamore and work alongside Richard Masters

  • Gary Hoffman is set to be named as the Premier League’s new chairman
  • Hoffman has more than 40 years’ experience in banking throughout his career
  • The Premier League have tried to replace Richard Scudamore for two years 
  • He arrives at a tough time as teams aim to navigate the coronavirus pandemic 
  • Here’s how to help people impacted by Covid-19

The Premier League are set to appoint Gary Hoffman as their new chairman, Sportsmail can reveal. 

The Coventry City fan is currently chairman of Hastings Insurance and has almost 40 years’ experience in banking, including at Barclays, the Coventry Building Society and Northern Rock, being credited with steering the latter institution through the chaos of the 2008 financial crisis which involved them securing a government bailout.

Hoffman’s impending appointment follows a global search by the Premier League and is due to be ratified by the 20 clubs on Friday. 

The Premier League will confirm Gary Hoffman (left) as chairman on Friday

Hoffman will work closely with chief executive Richard Masters after the Premier League divided the responsibilities of former chairman Richard Scudamore into two separate roles

The Premier League’s search to replace Scudamore has gone on for almost two years

He will start work at the Premier League at a crucial time with the top flight grappling with the sporting shutdown and the financial uncertainty caused by the coronavirus pandemic which has major implications for its clubs. 

The 60-year-old will work closely with chief executive Richard Masters, who is co-ordinating the response of the clubs as well as liaising with government throughout the crisis.

The Premier League have been searching for a new chairman for almost two years since the resignation of executive chairman Richard Scudamore, who over 20 years in charge developed into an all-powerful figure. 

Susanna Dinnage, executive at Discovery Channel, took the role before changing her mind

Following Scudamore’s departure the clubs took the decision to effectively replace him with two people, eventually appointing Masters as chief executive last year following a protracted search which involved three candidates being offered the job before him. 

Discovery Channel executive Susanna Dinnage accepted the role before changing her mind, BBC Studios chief executive Tim Davie rejected an offer and David Pemsel was forced to resign before he started following claims about his private life.

Hoffman is a lifelong Coventry fan and has previously acted as vice-chairman of the club. 

He is also a former chairman of the Football Foundation and during his time at Barclays presided over their Spaces for Sports programme, which was delivered in partnership with the Football Foundation. 

Guardian CEO David Pemsel immediately stepped down from the role due to personal matters

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