Parry to be EFL chair­man

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Rick Parry, the former Liver­pool and Premier League chief ex­ec­u­tive, is in line to take over as chair­man of the English Foot­ball League.

The gov­ern­ing body said yesterday it had named the 64-year-old as its chair­man des­ig­nate, with his ap­point­ment to be put for­ward for en­dorse­ment by clubs next Thurs­day.

If ap­proved, Parry will then move for­ward to be­ing rat­i­fied at a gen­eral meet­ing.

Parry, one of the fore­fa­thers of the Premier League, hav­ing joined as its chief ex­ec­u­tive in 1992 – a po­si­tion he held un­til 1997 – will re­place Ian Le­na­gan as chair­man. In a state­ment, the EFL said that Parry was “one of the UK’S most ex­pe­ri­enced lead­ers in foot­ball” and would be tasked with “over­see­ing the growth and de­vel­op­ment of the EFL, with the aim of en­sur­ing the con­tin­ued strength of EFL com­pe­ti­tions, com­mer­cial suc­cess and gov­er­nance”.

Parry served as Liver­pool chief ex­ec­u­tive be­tween 1998 and 2009, over­see­ing their 2001 tre­ble and 2005 Cham­pi­ons League win.

Deb­bie Je­vans, who has been serv­ing as chair since Le­na­gan’s de­par­ture, will re­turn to an in­de­pen­dent di­rec­tor role, with the hunt for a re­place­ment for former chief ex­ec­u­tive Shaun Har­vey on­go­ing.

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