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Premier League brings in new headhunter to secure chief exec – report

The Premier League has reportedly appointed a new partner to aid its search for a new chief executive.

UK newspaper The Telegraph said management consulting firm Russell Reynolds has been hired to replace rival Spencer Stuart amid the drawn-out search to find a replacement for Richard Scudamore. In December, the Premier League said it would move quickly to appoint a new chief executive, after Susanna Dinnage revealed she would not be taking up the role as previously announced.

Dinnage, who was confirmed as the replacement for Scudamore in November last year, shocked the league on December 30, when she advised the nominations committee that she had reversed her decision, opting instead to remain with broadcast group Discovery, where she is the global president of Animal Planet.

The Telegraph, citing several figures approached by Spencer Stuart, reported that the apparent decline in the value of domestic Premier League broadcast rights, along with the ongoing speculation regarding a breakaway European competition for the continent’s top clubs, made the role of Scudamore’s successor an unattractive proposition.

The newspaper added that the intention to split Scudamore’s executive chairman role, creating a more conventional separation between management and governance, also caused concern due to uncertainty over who would fill the position of chairman.

When contacted by SportBusiness today (Monday), a spokesperson for Russell Reynolds said: “Unfortunately, it is our company policy not to comment on specific companies, regardless of whether we are working with them or not.”

Golf’s European Tour last month named Scudamore on a new body designed to drive the commercial and brand value of the Ryder Cup.