Soccer-McCormick named Premier League interim chair

Soccer Football - Premier League - West Ham United v Norwich City - London Stadium, London, Britain - January 12, 2022 General view inside the stadium before the match Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs

(Reuters) - Peter McCormick will take over as interim chair of the Premier League when Gary Hoffman steps down on Feb. 1, the league said on Thursday.

The 69-year-old McCormick, a lawyer who has also been interim chairman of the Football Association since November 2020, received the backing of all 20 clubs.

"(Peter) is well known to us all and a trusted pair of hands who will see us through this transition period. The Board's aim is to have a new permanent Chair in place before the start of next season," said chief executive Richard Masters.

Hoffman resigned in November following controversy concerning the takeover of Newcastle United by a Saudi Arabia-backed consortium.

(Reporting by Dhruv Munjal in Bengaluru, editing by Ed Osmond)

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