Discovery's Susanna Dinnage appointed chief executive of Premier League

Chelsea

The 51-year-old Fulham fan has experience in the crucial field of the three-yearly Premier League TV rights issue from the other side of the fence, having briefly threatened Sky's stranglehold following Discovery's takeover of Eurosport.

Richard Scudamore departs as the man who presided, for nearly two decades, over an extraordinary financial boom but a significant, largely unseen part of the challenge has been maintaining a collective, particularly at a time when the "big six" have been increasingly stroppy about increasing their slice of the cake.

More money is going into agents' pockets than ever before in English football, with Premier League clubs paying them £211m in the past year, an increase of £37m, and officials seem intent on a crackdown, aware that the exorbitant fees do little for the clubs' reputation among the public.

The collapse of the FA's proposed sale of Wembley to Shahid Khan and with it a £600m windfall for the country's dilapidated grassroots facilities, put renewed focus on whether the Premier League should contribute more of its vast wealth to the hard-up amateur game, where many matches are cancelled each winter because of the state of grass pitches and a lack of 3G alternatives. Subscribe to our SMS sports service by texting "SPORTS" to 22840.

Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck, who helped lead the hunt for the new chief executive, said it was important to appoint an experienced leader.

Representatives from 20 Premier League clubs were summoned to a meeting at the Premier League's London headquarters earlier today, at short notice, to receive the news.


Dinnage's appointment may come as a surprise to many as she was not mentioned among the early frontrunners to replace Scudamore. The search for a non-executive chair will now commence.

"She is a leading figure in the broadcasting industry, a proven business executive and a great developer of people".

'Richard Scudamore, having provided exceptional stewardship for nearly 20 years, will leave us at the end of the year in great shape and with an excellent Executive Team and Board able to fully support Susanna'.

"Even before the Brexit referendum Greg Dyke, then the FA chairman, was looking at ways to reduce the number of what he referred to as "an very bad lot of bog-standard foreign players".

"The FA and the Premier League have a strong and successful relationship and we look forward to building on that under Susanna's new leadership". As part of the selection process The FA was required to ratify the appointment - and The FA Board was unanimous.

For the last four years, Scudamore has combined the roles of chief executive and executive chairman, but the two roles are now to be split, with the latter still to be named.

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