Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck under increasing pressure to appoint new Premier League chief – John Cross

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Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck is under increasing pressure to find a new Premier League chief executive.

Buck was charged with leading the chase and, despite two candidates turning the job down, the five-person panel has still not appointed a successor to Richard Scudamore, who announced he was leaving in June 2018.

One of the issues could be salary because the £1m-a-year believed to be on offer is dwarfed by other big football administrators, like Major League Soccer chief Don Garber whose basic package has been reported as £5m but is thought to be way more.

They set their initial search on a candidate with TV experience to broker broadcasting deals but some club executives believe they should have a broader scope like Scudamore.

Chelsea FC chairman Bruce Buck is leading the chase to appoint a new chief executive

One source told this column that what made Scudamore special was that he was able to do brilliant TV deals while also being a superb go-between to keep all of the clubs happy.

Some clubs believe the Premier League lacked leadership and was particularly weak on Tottenham, who kept delaying their move to their new stadium which infuriated rival chief executives and chairmen.

Buck gave an update to the Premier League meeting on Thursday but no appointment is believed to be imminent. Richard Masters has been keeping the seat warm but is not in the running.

A successor to Richard Scudamore is yet to be appointed

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And finally…

Metropolitan police are being stretched to the limit on Sunday, September 22, with Arsenal, Chelsea, West Ham and Crystal Palace all at home, especially with Manchester United at the London Stadium and Liverpool at Stamford Bridge.

Extra officers will be on duty.



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