Scudamore’s Premier League replacement to need FA approval

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Soccer league’s statutes state need for approval from English governing body.

Despite its waning power over the Premier League, England’s Football Association (FA) will have a role to play in the selection of Richard Scuadmore’s successor as the executive chairman of the nation’s top domestic soccer league.

Although the 1992 breakaway competition was formed as the FA Premier League when First Division clubs chose to establish a new top flight independent of the Football League, the FA has long since lost much of its influence over the Premier League, with the outgoing Scudamore viewed as the most powerful person in English soccer.

However, owing to Premier League statutes dating back to the formation of the division, the FA must approve any appointment to either of the top two positions at the Premier League.

This means that FA chief executive Martin Glenn and chairman Greg Clarke will be key in the decision, which will also be made by the Premier League’s selection panel.

The board includes Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck, Burnley chairman Mike Garlick, Leicester City chief executive Susan Whelan and two independent directors.

Scudamore, who was appointed as the chief executive of the competition in 1999, has been its executive chairman since June 2014. He will leave his role in December.

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