EFL CEO resigns less than six months into job

12 October 2020

David Baldwin
Photo: PR

CEO David Baldwin leaves the EFL. He took over the job in May 2020. 

He says there is two factors behind his resignation. Chairman disappointed. 

Mads Meisner Christensen mm@offthepitch.com

The English Football League has suffered a major blow at a crucial time as the organisation’s chief executive resignes after less than six months in the position.
49-year-old David Baldwin, who was appointed as CEO in December and took over in May, told the EFL board Monday that he is stepping down.

Baldwin, who left his job as CEO at Burnley to join EFL, says in a statement

"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 wellbeing, I feel the decision to leave is the right one."

The decision was taken prior to details of the proposals being made public over the weekend

EFL chairman Rick Parry says he is " disappointed" but understand the reasons and respect his wishes.

"He remains committed to the EFL and will continue to lead the executive until he leaves us in 2021.”

The EFL emphasizes in a statement that the announcement is not linked to 'Project Big Picture', which has created a lot of furor in English football since broken by the Telegraph Sunday. 

"The decision was taken prior to details of the proposals being made public over the weekend," a statement writes.

The resignation could not have come at a worse time for the EFL. Its clubs are struggling financially, fans cannot attend stadiums and there is no bailout agreement from the Premier League or Government at sight.