Premier League chairman set to resign amid Newcastle takeover controversy

Premier League chairman Gary Hoffman is set to resign just 18 months after taking the job amid a backlash from clubs following the controversial Saudi-backed takeover of Newcastle United.

A consortium consisting of Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund, PCP Capital Partners and RB Sports & Media completed their purchase of the Magpies for £305m in October.

Sky News report Hoffman is expected to quit having come under scrutiny for the Premier League’s handling of the takeover, with an announcement potentially arriving in the coming days.

The report adds that he could change his mind if a sufficient number of top flight clubs attempted to persuade him to stay in the job, but the chances of that are slim.

The news comes with a wide-ranging review of the regulation of English football due to be published next week by former sports minister Tracey Crouch.

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