Premier League resume search for chief executive after Susanna Dinnage snubs position

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Susanna Dinnage has decided to stay in broadcasting (Picture: Getty)

Susanna Dinnage has decided against taking up the chief executive role at the Premier League just seven weeks after being announced as Richard Scudamores successor.

The Premier League will now resume their search for a new chief executive, after Dinnages shock decision to back out of her switch into football.

Dinnage wants to remain in broadcasting having been a major figure at media organisation Discovery as the global president of the Animal Planet channel.

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The committee has reconvened its search and is talking to candidates, said a Premier League statement.

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

Dinnage would have been the first woman to take charge of the Premier League, after the reigns of Scudamore and his predecessor Rick Parry.

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Tony Blair was linked with the position before Dinnage was appointed (Picture: PA)

The Premier League were expecting Dinnage to take up her new role in early 2019.

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Acting chief executive Richard Masters and chair Claudia Arney will run the Premier League until a permanent leader is appointed.

The nominations committee will now reconvene, with former Prime Minister Tony Blair heavily linked with the job before Dinnages appointment in November.

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