One of Britain’s top boardroom headhunters is to oversee the search for a new chairman of the Premier League as a recruitment process gathers pace five months after the role’s last incumbent resigned.
Sky News has learnt that MWM Consulting, which was set up by the veteran search consultant Anna Mann, has been charged with identifying a successor to Gary Hoffman.
The Premier League has said that it aims to have a new chair in place before the start of next season, leaving it less than four months to finalise an appointment to one of the most powerful posts in British sport.
Mr Hoffman, a former Barclays executive who helped keep Northern Rock alive after its nationalisation during the 2008 banking crisis, resigned in November amid dissatisfaction among a number of clubs with the Premier League’s handling of the Saudi-led takeover of Newcastle United.
He had only been in the role for 18 months.