Premier League confirm Peter McCormick will become its interim chairman

The Premier League has confirmed that Peter McCormick will become interim chairman once Gary Hoffman steps down from his role on next month.

Hoffman will leave on February 1, and the top-flight clubs unanimously approved the temporary appointment while the search for a permanent candidate continues.

Sportsmail revealed last month that McCormick was being lined up for the position, with the Harrogate-based lawyer viewed as a safe pair of hands.

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He has similar responsibility at the FA ahead of Debbie Hewitt, and stepped into the breach to replace Greg Clarke, who resigned in November 2020.

McCormick, 69, has been acting chairman of the Premier League before, having taken the reins between March 2014 and June 2015. 

The Premier League confirmed Peter McCormick will become interim chairman next month

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It has also been revealed that McCormick will remain as Chair of the Premier League’s Football Board and Legal Advisory Groups. 

Hoffman announced he would leave the governing body after it became apparent he would not survive a vote from clubs after his role in Newcastle’s takeover.

He retained some support, however, with a number of figures believing that he was made a scapegoat in the fallout and that his hands were tied. 

The 62-year-old has quit after less than 18 months in the high-profile job, further adding to the instability at the top of the Premier League. 

Gary Hoffman announced he would step down from the role after losing the support of clubs

Sportsmail has previously reported that Burnley owner Alan Pace expressed no confidence in his leadership at an emergency shareholders’ meeting on October 19. 

Other clubs were also unhappy with the handling of the St James’ Park situation.

Their grievances are thought to be focused around the speed of the takeover being given the green light, and the fact that they were not kept informed. 

There has been fury, it is understood, that Hoffman ensured details of Newcastle’s highly-scrutinised change of ownership were kept confidential.

Hoffman will leave next month, with McCormick stepping in during the search for a successor

Newcastle were sold to a consortium of the Saudi Public Investment Fund, PCP Capital Partners and RB Sports & Media (pictured: Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman)

McCormick said: ‘I am delighted to receive the confidence and approval of the 20 Premier League clubs and the Board as they work to recruit the new Chair.’

Chief executive Richard Masters said: ‘On behalf of the Premier League and clubs, I would like to welcome Peter to this role. 

‘He is well known to us all and a trusted pair of hands who will see us through this transition period. 

‘The Board’s aim is to have a new permanent Chair in place before the start of next season.’

Clubs were unhappy with the speed with which the takeover at St James’ Park was approved

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