Portrait of the new EFL-boss: “It’s really not that hard. You develop good rules and you stick to them.”

20 September 2019

Photo: Getty Images Yesterday Rick Parry was named chairman designate of the EFL board. Here is the former Liverpool director Rick Parry (C), alongside David Moores and Liverpool owner George Gillett (R) attending the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Liverpool at Stamford Bridge back in 2008.

Football heavyweight returns for his biggest challenge yet.

Football league’s 72 clubs expected to endorse Rick Parry’s appointment as EFL chairman next Thursday.

From EPL CEO to Liverpool chief to FIFA presidential advisor, the chairmanship is the latest for the foremost English football executive of his generation.

Parry will take over a league in disarray after years of poor governance.

James Corbett corbett@offthepitch.com

At the age of 64 and ten years on from his last high level executive role within football, the assumption by those who do not know the avuncular former Liverpool and EPL CEO was that Rick Parry’s days at the game’s frontline belonged to the past. To hold such a belief was to underestimate Parry’s quiet ambition to better the game he’d given most of his career to.

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