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Football League appoints Greg Clarke new chairman


FL chief wants 'reasonable transparency'

The Football League has appointed Greg Clarke, the former chief executive of Cable and Wireless Communications, as its new chairman.

Clarke, whose official start date has not yet been announced, will replace Lord Mawhinney who is set to step down after over seven years in charge.

A Leicester City fan, Clarke has previously worked in football having briefly served as the club's chairman.

The 52-year-old was ratified at the League's board meeting on Thursday.

The telecoms industry veteran quit as chief executive of O3b, the Google-backed satellite broadband company in February.

Clarke told the Football League website: "As a lifelong football fan it is a privilege to serve the game in this capacity.


"My time at Leicester City provided an insight into the challenges clubs face on a daily basis. The lessons learnt from that experience will not be forgotten," added Clarke, who joined the Leicester City Board in 2000 and helped them through administration in 2002.

Mawhinney, who took the reins in January 2003, was a controversial figure for fans of some clubs - particularly those who suffered points deductions after going into administration, a rule which was brought in for the 2004/05 season.

But the former Conservative Party chairman oversaw a period of change, including the League's rebranding in 2004 - which saw Divisions One, Two and Three replaced by the Championship, League One and League Two.

He also helped introduce the fit and proper persons test for prospective club directors, which was subsequently adopted by the Premier League.

Clarke will spend the next few weeks meeting League and club officials and independent board member Ian Ritchie has backed the League's new chairman.

"Greg will build on the substantial progress made by Lord Mawhinney, focussing on further improving League football's professionalism and business structure, as well as maintaining the momentum on good governance," said Ritchie.

"In short, he will aim to make the league even more effective on behalf of all its clubs."

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see also
Mawhinney to quit as League chief
12 Nov 09 |  Football
New League crackdown on ownership
08 Oct 09 |  Football
Mawhinney rubbishes two-tier plan
01 Jun 09 |  Football
Gill & Mawhinney join 2018 board
12 Oct 08 |  Internationals
League gets revamp
10 Jun 04 |  Football
Mawhinney handed top post
19 Dec 02 |  Football

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