David Baldwin to stand down from EFL chief executive role in 2021

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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.

“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.”

Baldwin was confirmed as the permanent successor to Shaun Harvey in December last year.

He had been chief executive at Premier League club Burnley since 2015, having previously been at Bradford.

Baldwin will leave the EFL in six months' time
Baldwin will leave the EFL in six months’ time (Martin Rickett/PA)

“David was the outstanding candidate in a strong field. With his strong leadership skills and enthusiasm for league football, I have no doubt that we have found the right person to lead the organisation.

“It is quite clear from talking to David that he is excited to be joining the League and relishing the challenge ahead.”

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