Following Martin Glenn’s announcement that he would depart as Chief Executive at the end of the year, the Football Association has undertaken an extensive search to find his replacement.
The decision is likely to be made at the end of the season, with it seemingly having been narrowed down to a few final names.
Most notably for the sports betting sector, are reports of former EFL chief executive Shaun Harvey in the list, who was at the helm of the EFL whilst a deal described as “one of the longest and most significant partnerships in professional sport”, was extended between Sky Bet and the league.
When the deal was announced, Harvey emphasised the importance of the two sectors working together to ensure the promotion of responsible gambling: “This agreement represents the largest title sponsorship in EFL history and once again illustrates how our commercial operations are maximising the revenue opportunities and exposure for the EFL and its clubs.
“I am delighted that an agreement has been reached and the EFL is looking forward to continuing to work with our friends at Sky Bet from now until 2024 on enhancing the experience for supporters while ensuring this is done in the most appropriate and responsible way.”
In spite of Harvey’s strong background in football, Sky News recently reported that the frontrunner for the role was Director of Barclays’ retail bank, Chris Pilling. It is thought Pilling is the leading candidate for the role, should the FA look outside of football for Glenn’s replacement.
It comes as Glenn has taken steps to rebrand the FA as the English Football Association (EFA), in a bid to eradicate the perception of arrogance surrounding English football’s governing body. The motion comes as England prepares to potentially bid to host the 2030 World Cup.
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