Premier League’s hunt to find a replacement for outgoing Chief Executive Richard Scudamore continues. The second shortlisted candidate for one of the professional football’s most powerful executive post has declined the offer for the prestigious job.
According to a BBC report, BBC Studios’ Commercial Division Chief Executive Davie had confirmed to his team that he would continue to be in his current position.
Davie’s decision is the latest setback for the Premier League, which continues to be without a permanent chief executive with managing director Richard Masters in temporary charge.
The development will yet again press Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck into the job to look out for the right candidate for the Premier League post. He is the chair of the nominations committee for England’s elite professional football league.
According to a Sky News report, ITV’s strategy director Tom Betts is being tipped to be the next probable for the job. He was reportedly shortlisted along with Davie back in October as a potential replacement for Scudamore..
Susanna Dinnage had backed away from the role just three weeks after being announced as Scudamore’s successor. She, as is the case with Davie now, had opted to remain at Discovery, where she is the global president for the Animal Planet brand.
No reason was given for Susanna’s U-turn, although her decision is thought to simply be the result of a change of heart, while she reportedly had not provided the Premier League with an exact start date.