David Baldwin resigns as EFL chief executive

David Baldwin resigns as EFL chief executive despite only taking on the role in June as league deny Project Big Picture played a part in his decision

  • David Baldwin has announced he will resign from his role as EFL chief executive 
  • The ex-Burnley CEO has spent just four months in the role after starting in June 
  • The league said his decision was totally unrelated to plans for Project Big Picture 

David Baldwin is to stand down as chief executive of the EFL, having only taken on the role in June.

A statement from the league confirmed the former Burnley CEO would leave in six months’ time. The league said the decision was totally unrelated to Project Big Picture, the plans for reforming the English football pyramid which involve EFL chairman Rick Parry.

David Baldwin said: ‘Having thoroughly reflected on my own personal circumstances at length in recent weeks, I have now determined it is only appropriate to inform the board and the membership of the EFL of my intentions at the earliest opportunity.

David Baldwin has quit as chief executive of the EFL despite only taking on the role in June

‘Clearly, accepting this position pre COVID-19 means the situation is now very different to the one I originally envisaged coupled with it being a very different environment inside the EFL, when compared to the one I left in 2015-16.

‘Taking those two factors into consideration and balancing the needs of my family, health and well-being, I feel the decision to leave is the right one.’

Baldwin added: ‘Between now and my departure date there is still plenty of work to be undertaken on behalf of EFL clubs and I remain committed to finding solutions to the many challenges we currently face.’

Parry added: ‘Whilst disappointed, I understand the reasons Dave has outlined and respect his wishes. He remains committed to the EFL and will continue to lead the executive until he leaves us in 2021.’

The league said his decision was totally unrelated to Project Big Picture involving Rick Parry




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