EFL chief executive resigns due to ‘very different environment’ left by Covid-19

David Baldwin has resigned as EFL chief executive officer just six months after taking up the position due to concerns over the situation left by Covid-19.

The EFL reiterated that the decision was not motivated by the ‘Project Big Picture’ and the potential restructuring of English football led by Manchester United and Liverpool.

Though Mr Baldwin pointed to the “very different environment” following the pandemic and the need to prioritise his family and health.

Mr Baldwin said: “Having thoroughly reflected on my own personal circumstances at length in recent weeks, I have now determined it is only appropriate to inform the Board and the membership of the EFL of my intentions at the earliest opportunity.

“Clearly, accepting this position pre Covid-19 means the situation is now very different to the one I originally envisaged coupled with it being a very different environment inside the EFL, when compared to the one I left in 2015/16. Taking those two factors into consideration and balancing the needs of my family, health and well-being, I feel the decision to leave is the right one.

“Between now and my departure date there is still plenty of work to be undertaken on behalf of EFL Clubs and I remain committed to finding solutions to the many challenges we currently face.”

EFL Chair Rick Parry insisted he was “disappointed” with the decision but respects his wishes.

He said: “Whilst disappointed, I understand the reasons Dave has outlined and respect his wishes. He remains committed to the EFL and will continue to lead the Executive until he leaves us in 2021.”

The EFL confirmed the recruitment process for Mr Baldwin’s replacement has started immediate effect.

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