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30th Dec 2018

Susanna Dinnage goes back on decision to take over as Premier League chief executive

Despite initially taking the job, Susanna Dinnage has gone back on decision to take over as Premier League chief executive

Reuben Pinder

She has reversed her decision

The Premier League has announced that Susanna Dinnage has decided not to take up her role as chief executive of the Premier League after initially accepting an offer to succeed Richard Scudamore.

Dinnage was named as the replacement for the Richard Scudamore in November and was supposed to take up the role early in 2019.

In a statement, the Premier League said: “Despite her commitment to the Premier League in early November, Susanna Dinnage has now advised the Nominations Committee that she will not be taking up the position of Chief Executive.

“The Committee has reconvened its search and is talking to candidates.

“There will be no further comment until an appointment is made.”

Dinnage was going to join from media organisation Discovery, where she was the global president of the Animal Planet channel.

However, having reflected on the role in recent weeks, she has informed the Premier League of her decision to stay in broadcasting at Discovery.

She apparently had not given a precise start date as she had a long notice period to serve.

The Premier League is comfortable with acting chief executive Richard Masters and interim chair Claudia Arney continuing for longer as they resume their search.