Premier League plot boardroom shake-up to foil regulator threat with appointment of two independent non-executive directors planned… but top flight chiefs claim it is NOT a case of keeping the Government at bay
- Premier League will appoint two new independent non-executive directors
- It is seen as an attempt to stop the creation of an independent regulator
- The Premier League strongly deny that is the case and say it’s been pre-planned
- Such a regulator would be appointed by the Government and hold PL to account
The Premier League are seeking to appoint two new independent non-executive directors in what many believe is a desperate attempt to stop the creation of an independent regulator.
Sportsmail understands that the body are taking the steps in a move insiders have claimed is aimed at stopping the growing movement for reform in its tracks.
The Premier League strongly deny that is the case and have said that the development — agreed by clubs last week — has been on the cards for some time. They add that one of the new arrivals will replace a departure.
The Premier League are seeking to appoint two new independent non-executive directors
However, officials at a number of clubs have described the pending appointments as ‘a pre-emptive strike’ against ‘the league’s worst nightmare’.
Last month, more than 100,000 people signed a petition calling for a regulator following an open letter signed by the likes of Gary Neville, Jamie Carragher, Rio Ferdinand and Gary Lineker.
They argued that April’s failed European Super League breakaway illustrated the need for reforms to football’s governance.
Such a regulator would be appointed by the Government and potentially see the top- flight held to account across multiple areas.
Pundit Gary Neville was one of the driving forces behind a petition calling for a regulator
The Government are also carrying out a separate fan-led review of the game’s governance in England. Its chair, Tracey Crouch MP, recently said that she thought an independent regulator would soon be in place, ‘Because it’s been called for for too long’.
The nine-person panel are examining ways to bring reform, regulation and financial stability to the sport. More sessions are due next week.
‘This is being seen as a pre-emptive strike against the league’s worst nightmare,’ one official explained.
‘They don’t want it, and they are trying to do things like this to show the outside world that they are fine looking after themselves, despite the Super League nonsense.’
The Premier League have denied this is the case.
They say that one of the new arrivals will replace Claudia Arney, who left in December, and add that the second post was agreed on some time ago.
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