Premier League chairman Hoffman to step down in January

The Premier League has announced that chairman Gary Hoffman is stepping down from his post.

Hoffman is resigning after less than two years in the role, only being appointed in April last year and officially starting two months later.

He will not leave until the end of January, although no replacement has yet been selected.

Hoffman was reportedly the subject of an unofficial vote of confidence by Premier League chairmen last week. 

The 61-year-old is said to have come under scrutiny from clubs over the handling and approval of Newcastle United’s contentious, Saudi-backed takeover.

Clubs complained that they had not been consulted fully over the decision.

The Premier League released a statement on Wednesday thanking Hoffman for his work and revealing that the search for a new chairman has begun.

“The Premier League is grateful to Gary for his committed service,” the statement read. “He has led the League during the most challenging period in its history and leaves it in a stronger position than ever.

“The process of appointing a new Chair will begin immediately.”

Hoffman also spoke about his pride at having held the role and explained the reasoning behind his decision to resign.

“It has been a privilege to lead the Premier League through the last two seasons – when the spirit of English football has been more important than ever,” Hoffman said.

“Now, I have decided the time is right for me to stand aside to allow new leadership to steer the League through its next exciting phase.”