Former Tory Party Treasurer Jonathan Marland Joins Race For EPL Chairmanship
Former U.K. Tory party treasurer Jonathan Marland has "emerged as a strong contender for the vacant Premier League chairmanship," according to Charles Sale of the London DAILY MAIL. Marland had "discussions about the role before corporate financier Anthony Fry, who has stood down for health reasons, was appointed in April 2013." But Marland then had "too many other business and political commitments, including being the Prime Minister's trade envoy." These have now eased, leaving the Tory peer "able to devote the number of days required for such a crucial football role." The EPL panel, led by Chelsea Chair Bruce Buck, tasked with finding Fry's successor is waiting until CEO Richard Scudamore shows he's "fully fit to resume duties after major heart surgery before selecting a second chairman in two years." Former Southampton Chair Rupert Lowe is "another name being linked" with the EPL chairmanship (DAILY MAIL, 8/10).