Published: Thu, November 15, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Susanna Dinnage to succeed Richard Scudamore as chief executive

Susanna Dinnage to succeed Richard Scudamore as chief executive

According to a report in The Times today, English football's governing body is under pressure to strike a deal with the Premier League and the proposal will be put to the 20 clubs this week.

Now those same clubs may see an opportunity to take more control of the Premier League's future direction themselves, rather than give Scudamore's successor the same power he had in calling the shots.

The 51-year-old Fulham fan has experience in the crucial field of the three-yearly Premier League TV rights issue from the other side of the fence, having briefly threatened Sky's stranglehold following Discovery's takeover of Eurosport.

With the Brexit negotiations reaching a conclusion, Premier League clubs face a D-day of sorts, if they are unable to agree a deal with the Football Association.

There are increasing concerns about how clubs continue player recruitment once Brexit is brought in with European players no longer meeting work permit requirements.

However, should consensus not be reached, even European Union players would have to apply for work permits like non-EU players now do.

Reports from across the water have suggested that the English FA is looking at a range of options related to the changing political climate and aligned with a desire to get more home-grown players involved at the highest level.

Wolves have been asked to provide a share of the £5m gift, in the shape of £250,000, along with every other team now based in the English top flight.

Prior to joining Discovery in January 2009, Dinnage held a number of senior roles, including more than ten years at Channel Five, where she played a key role in the launch of the network and its digital extensions. A reduction to 12 would mean big changes to nearly three quarters of the current teams in the Premier League, who have more than that figure in this season's squad.

As with all Brexit changes, there will be a transition period until, at least, the end of 2020. Premier League leader Manchester City has the maximum of 17 on its roster, as does Tottenham.

The Times claim, meanwhile, that the FA is happy with the EFL's current rules, that mean clubs must have seven homegrown players (including at least one who has come through the academy) among their 18-man match-day squad.

Arsenal have 15 and Manchester United have 14.

Non-EU players are now subject to vetting. It's reported that Scudamore earns £2.5m per season.

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