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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

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. 

Hoffman was appointed in April 2020 but endured a tumultuous spell ahead of his departure

Hoffman was appointed in April 2020 but endured a tumultuous spell ahead of his departure

The change of ownership at Newcastle is worth £305million but was heavily criticised by clubs

The change of ownership at Newcastle is worth £305million but was heavily criticised by clubs

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. 

Despite this, one executive at a club involved in the plot said: 'He was a robust figure over the Super League issue but I have no desire to see him step down.

'His has been a pragmatic voice in the governance of the Premier League at a time of unprecedented turbulence.'

In the past, Hoffman has enjoyed a successful career in business. He is credited with helping keep Northern Rock afloat after its nationalisation during the financial crisis in 2008 - and has also been high-flying in the world of finance.

Amanda Staveley (right) and Mehrdad Ghodoussi (left) are two of Newcastle's new directors

Amanda Staveley (right) and Mehrdad Ghodoussi (left) are two of Newcastle's new directors

He is a former executive at Barclays, ran the insurance company Hastings and was also chairman of Monzo, the digital bank, before starting work with the top-flight. 

Project Big Picture proved to be another obstacle Hoffman was faced with, when Manchester United and Liverpool looked to lower the number of teams in the Premier League to 18 and hand a part of the revenue to the Football League. 

Sky News' report goes on to add that senior figures in football believe that Hoffman has been left to 'carry the can' over the Newcastle takeover, with some even saying that the board was forced into an 'impossible position'.

The Premier League refused to comment today, Sky say, while Hoffman could not be reached for comment.

 

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/sportsnews/article-10208989/Premier-League-chairman-Gary-Hoffman-brink-stepping-down.html

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In an embarassing case of something being "lost in translation", one of Newcastle's new owners has just stated that if indeed Hoffman is to be a sacrificial lamb, he is willing to take on the task slitting his throat.

 

 

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6 hours ago, polymerpunkah said:

In an embarassing case of something being "lost in translation", one of Newcastle's new owners has just stated that if indeed Hoffman is to be a sacrificial lamb, he is willing to take on the task slitting his throat.

 

 

 

Based on the past actions of the Saudi authorities it may not be lost in translation. 

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Apparently Eddie Howe has tested positive for Covid and will miss tomorrow’s game. 

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53 minutes ago, Vincent Vega said:

Fucking state of these knobs. 

 

Is it lost on them that in Saudi Arabia, those women would be in trouble while the men wouldnt be able to drink in public like that?

 

They might have all the money, they're still morally bankrupt.

 

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1 hour ago, Vincent Vega said:

Fucking state of these knobs. 

 

They are going to be unbearable once they get themselves sorted. Worse than the Chavs and the oil cheats combined.  If there’s a god in heaven they’ll get relegated this season and that will set them back a year or two.   

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3 hours ago, dockers_strike said:

Is it lost on them that in Saudi Arabia, those women would be in trouble while the men wouldnt be able to drink in public like that?

 

They might have all the money, they're still morally bankrupt.

 

What a load of thick, uneducated dickheads.

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4 hours ago, dockers_strike said:

Is it lost on them that in Saudi Arabia, those women would be in trouble while the men wouldnt be able to drink in public like that?

 

They might have all the money, they're still morally bankrupt.

 

Women?

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Wor David

Who played for Kevin
Hallowed be thy name
Thy Kingdom come
Thy will be done
For Eddie…
As it was for Kevin

 

Give us this day our first win
And forgive us our hopelessness
For thine is the future
the trophies and the glory…
For Eddie and Amanda
Amen

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On 23/11/2021 at 21:01, manwiththestick said:

I just hope they go down.

 

Soft cunts.

After that display last night they are fucked. 

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On 19/11/2021 at 19:20, Pete said:

Apparently Eddie Howe has tested positive for Covid and will miss tomorrow’s game. 

“ we got Eddie Howe getting Covid, we’re the richest team in the world “

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1 hour ago, Pete said:

Really wanna see them in the championship. 

Be interesting to see if they want that themselves. If the PL rules are designed to set them back 5 years they could easily go to the championship and sign all these deals the PL won't allow. Any punishment they would incur in the championship will only apply the next the next time they are down.

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