Premier League clubs ‘are pushing for the removal of chairman Gary Hoffman after less than 18 months amid fury at the handling of Newcastle’s £305m Saudi Arabia-backed takeover’
- Gary Hoffman only took over as Premier League chairman back in April 2020
- But the former banker reportedly struggles for popularity in his position
- Premier League sides were dismayed at communication on Newcastle’s takeover
A number of Premier League clubs reportedly want to see chairman Gary Hoffman removed from his post after less than 18 months in the role.
According to The Athletic, frustration has reached a tipping point after Newcastle’s Saudi-Arabia backed takeover and there is a consensus among the majority of Premier League teams that Hoffman should depart.
The publication claims that executives across the Premier League do not believe that Hoffman possesses ‘necessary clout from a governance, political and communication perspective’ and that clubs were frustrated with communication regarding Newcastle’s takeover.
Premier League clubs reportedly want to see Gary Hoffman removed from his role as chairman
Frustration has reportedly reached tipping point after Newcastle’s recent £305m takeover
Hoffman was appointed Premier League chairman back in April 2020 but it has been a turbulent time at the reins of England’s elite division.
Prior to that, Hoffman’s background is mainly in banking and he was chair of Monzo before he joined the Premier League.
He took over with football across England on an indefinite pause due to the first lockdown amid the outbreak of Covid-19 and earlier this year was brought under pressure by the controversial Super League proposals.
But The Athletic say that Hoffman has struggled for popularity throughout his time in the job.
Newcastle began the new era with a 3-2 defeat against Tottenham despite having an early lead
And now it appears that disapproval among other Premier League sides regarding the manner of Newcastle’s takeover could prove a tipping point.
Life at Newcastle under new ownership began with a 3-2 defeat at home against Tottenham on Sunday afternoon, despite Steve Bruce’s side taking the lead in the second minute through Callum Wilson.
They are next in action on Saturday, away to Crystal Palace.