David Pemsel, the English Premier League’s incoming chief executive, has resigned before starting the job, following newspaper disclosures about his private life.
The former Guardian Media Group Chief Executive was announced as the long-awaited successor to Richard Scudamore in early-October after a drawn-out recruitment search. He was the third person to be offered the job after former Discovery executive Susanna Dinnage went back on a decision to accept it and Tim Davie, a senior executive with UK public-service broadcaster BBC, also turned it down.
Pemsel is currently serving his notice at the Guardian Media Group and had been due to take up the Premier League role at the end of February.
However, The Sun reported that he had been involved in an inappropriate text exchange with a former colleague.
Pemsel’s resignation means the Premier League is no closer to finding a replacement for Scudamore nearly 18 months after he announced he was stepping down.
The Premier League’s Director of Sales and Marketing, Richard Masters, will continue as Interim Chief Executive.