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Coward to leave Premier League


Nic Coward will leave the Premier League

Nic Coward will leave the Premier League

Nic Coward will leave the Premier League

Nic Coward, the Premier League's general secretary who is also one of its representatives on the Football Association board, is to leave the organisation.

The Premier League has confirmed that Coward is to leave at the end of August. It follows a shake-up in the organisation which saw chief executive Richard Scudamore become executive chairman earlier this month - a role that will see him take over some of the duties that had been Coward's responsibility.

The league will now have to elect a new representative to sit on the FA board - it is not yet known whether Scudamore will put himself forward to sit as one of the top-flight's two FA directors alongside David Gill, who is an FA vice-chairman and Britain's new FIFA vice-president.

Coward joined the Premier League in 2010 after having been chief executive of the British Horseracing Authority. He had worked previously as the FA's first in-house lawyer and other roles including acting chief executive and a Wembley Stadium board member.

His departure is said to be amicable and has been communicated to the Premier League clubs.

Scudamore was appointed as executive chairman in March as part of a change in the structure of the board which saw two independent directors, Claudia Arney and Kevin Beeston, also appointed. He started his new role at the clubs' AGM on June 4.

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