Former UK prime minister Tony Blair tipped to become Premier League chairman

Former UK prime minister Tony Blair tipped to become Premier League chairman

- Premier League chairman Richard Scudamore is set to end his 20-year reign as the chairman of the league

- The 59-year-old was appointed the CEO of the English top league in 1999

- Meanwhile, former British prime minister Tony Blair might probably be the next chairman

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair has been tipped to become the English Premier League chairman.

According to Dailymail, the 65-year-old's name came up during informal talks at the last clubs' meeting.

Also in the race for the top position in English football are former BT chief Gavin Patterson and Sky Sports boss Barney Francis.

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The incumbent chairman Richard Scudamore was said to have stunned the world after announcing his decision to step down as the league's chairman after 20 years in charge.

Blair, who reveals he's a fan of Newcastle United, had wanted to merge the English and Scottish football leagues during his reign as Britain's PM between 1997-2007.

If elected, the 65-year-old would be tasked with keeping order among all 20 top-flight clubs.

Gordon Taylor, chief executive of the Professional Footballer's Association, warned whoever replaces Scudamore has a legacy to protect.

He said: "To some extent it’s like a football club.

"Wenger leaving Arsenal and Sir Alex leaving Manchester United left big shoes to fill and so does Richard Scudamore. It’s certainly a big challenge."

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Taylor added: "We expect to make an appropriate appointment in good time so there can be a seamless transition.

"I speak for all the clubs when I say we are very sorry that Richard will be leaving, but we could not have asked for anything more from him. For 20 years he has led the Premier League with distinction."

Legit.ng previously reported that CEO of Arsenal Ivan Gazidis has resigned to take up a new role with Serie A side AC Milan.

Raul Sanllehi and Vinai Venkatesham will take over the position at the Emirates following Gazidis departure.

The 54-year-old will reportedly earn a £1 million pay rise at the San Siro as the South African takes up the same role with the Italian giants.

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Source: Legit.ng

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