Premier League’s CEO jinx continues; third candidate quits before joining

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Premier League will have to relaunch the hunt for the successor of former chief executive Richard Scudamore. The incoming CEO David Pemsel has resigned even before joining the office following issues about his personal life were widely reported in media.

Pemsel had put in his papers two months before taking up the job. The resignation has been accepted. Premier League in a statement has confirmed that Pemsel’s resignation has been accepted and Richard Masters will continue to be the interim chief executive.

“Following media disclosures earlier this week and discussions with David Pemsel, the Premier League has today accepted David’s resignation and he will no longer be joining as Chief Executive,” read the Premier League statement. “Richard Masters will continue as Interim Chief Executive. No further comment will be made at this stage.”

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Appointment of Pemsel, a Guardian Media Group executive, was confirmed by the Premier League only last month. Pemsel’s name was recommended by head-hunters Russell Reynolds Associates.

It’s been a little over two years that the Premier League has not been able to hire a replacement for Scudamore, who had quit the office in November 2018.

Pemsel is the third successive shortlisted candidate to not to take up the assignment. Earlier, broadcasting veteran Susanna Dinnage had changed her mind after accepting the job and decided to continue with the Discovery Media group. Prior to that BBC Studios Tim Davie had declined the offer.

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The Premier League will start afresh a hunt for the Scudamore successor. The incoming Chief Executive will have a lot more challenges to face as the media sports rights market in the UK is on a downslide and it will be near-impossible to reach the bar Scudamore has raised really high.

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