Harvey quits EFL

18 Feb 2019

By: Sport Industry Group

EFL CEO Shaun Harvey is to leave his position at the end of the season, the organisation has announced.

The 48-year-old former Leeds United Chief Executive will step down after more than five years in the role, which he took up in October 2013.

In total, Harvey has spent 25 years working in professional football, including 23 within the EFL.

However, he had come under pressure in recent months over a £595m TV rights deal with Sky that angered a number of clubs within the League's Championship division.

Current Leeds United Chairman Andrea Radrazzani was among those who led a chorus of complaints, arguing that the agreement undervalued the League.

Announcing his decision to depart, Harvey said: “Having joined the EFL as CEO in October 2013, I am proud of what we have achieved since then, in what have not always been easy circumstances.

“Consistently during my time, I have always looked to push boundaries to make the maximum positive impact for Clubs, whether this be from a financial perspective or by generating value in another way.

"I have always held the view that the strength of the EFL, is its Clubs and no Club, or indeed individual, is bigger or more important than the collective or the EFL itself.

“After discussions with the Board, we decided that the time is right for the EFL to now move in a different direction having concluded a number of commercial contracts that leave the League in a stable position.

“I am happy to remain as CEO until after the Play-Offs, in order to conclude a number of outstanding matters that we are currently dealing with, after which I will move on to pastures new and hopefully make a positive difference elsewhere.”

Debbie Jevans, Interim Chair of the EFL, added: “The EFL would like to thank Shaun for all he has delivered since joining as CEO in 2013.  The EFL is in a strong position with a growing fan base throughout the world and Shaun deserves a lot of credit for this.  

“Shaun and the Board have agreed that the time is now right for a change of leadership and a new direction.  We are pleased that Shaun has agreed to stay on until the end of the season.”

Harvey has overseen a number of significant innovations during his tenure at EFL, including the introduction of the EFL ifollow OTT platform, which has been shortlisted in the Cutting Edge category at the BT Sport Industry Awards 2019.