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Rick Parry set for EFL chairman role

Greg Dyke (R) talks to Rick Parry after the results of the first vote during the Extraordinary Fifa Congress at Hallenstadion on February 26, 2016 (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Ex-Premier League and Liverpool chief executive Rick Parry is set to become the new chairman of the English Football League, which operates the three divisions below the top flight.

Parry has been named chairman designate of the EFL board following what the league described as a “comprehensive” search process.

The board’s recommendation will be presented to EFL clubs next Thursday and, should Parry be endorsed by them, his appointment will be presented for formal ratification at a future general meeting.

Parry would succeed Ian Lenagan, who stepped down from his role as EFL chairman in September 2018. Parry will oversee the growth and development of the EFL and will seek to ensure the continued strength of its competitions, commercial growth and governance.

Parry served as chief executive of the Premier League from 1991 to 1997 before spending 12 years in a similar capacity at Liverpool, from 1997 to 2009.

The EFL stated that recruitment of its new chief executive remains on track. Shaun Harvey stepped down from the position at the end of the 2018-19 season, having been in the role since October 2013.

Debbie Jevans CBE, who was appointed interim chair after Lenagan stepped down and became executive chair in June, will reassume her previous role of senior independent director at the conclusion of the succession process. Jevans will continue to oversee the EFL’s ongoing governance review until its completion next year.