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30 November 2018

Ian Watmore has resigned as an Independent Non-Executive Director on the EFL Board due to health reasons.

Watmore, the current First Civil Service Commissioner and former Chief Executive of the FA, was appointed in June 2018 and brought a wealth of industry, commercial and public service experience to the EFL, alongside his high profile background in professional sport.

However, following advice on a long standing medical condition, he has informed the Board of his intentions to step down and he leaves his position with immediate effect.

Interim Chair, Debbie Jevans CBE, said: “Whilst disappointed, I fully understand the reasons behind Ian stepping down from the Board. In his all too short tenure he made a significant contribution to a number of key issues affecting the League and its Clubs. His knowledge and extensive experience of the industry was an important and valued asset. On behalf of myself and the Board, we wish Ian a speedy recovery and the very best for the future.”

Mr Watmore said: “Having stabilised a heart condition some time ago, it has shown strong signs of reappearing and I have been advised this week medically to take a step back professionally or risk serious problems. Having watched half of the 72 EFL teams this season live, I can testify to what a great League it is in all three divisions, and all competitions.

“I’d like to thank everyone in the EFL, and am sorry to be letting them down. My love of football and sport in general remains undiminished, but I realise this is it in terms of working in the industry going forward.

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