The Daily Mail reports that six months on from his feud with Rangers, Neil Doncaster is in the running to become the next chief executive of the EFL after David Baldwin announced his intention to resign.

Doncaster has been a senior football executive in Scotland for over a decade and his tenure as SPFL chief hasn’t lacked controversy.

Neil Doncaster is reportedly wanted by the EFL just six months after Rangers feud. (Photo by Tom Shaw/Getty Images)

He recently negotiated a new television deal with Sky Sports that is due to bring in £125m over the next five years, but he faced considerable criticism for failing to land a title sponsor ahead of the current Premiership season.

Doncaster also came under pressure during the row surrounding the ending of the 2019/20 campaign, with Rangers calling for his suspension and an independent investigation into the SPFL’s handling of the members’ ballot back in April [BBC Scotland].


It seems those controversies aren’t putting off the EFL, though, with the Daily Mail claiming the executive will soon be ‘sounded out’ about his willingness to take on their £450k role.

The EFL are said to have approached Doncaster before appointing the outgoing Baldwin but at that time, he had opted to remain in Scotland.

Doncaster has been a key figure in Scottish football for over a decade. (Photo by Vagelis Georgariou/Action Plus via Getty Images)

Rangers wanted the SPFL chief executive out of his position of power six months ago and it looks as though there’s now a chance that they could eventually get their wish, albeit in a different way than initially envisaged.

Such a high profile change in the middle of an already immensely challenging season would create additional problems for the footballing authorities, though, and it’ll be interesting to see how Doncaster responds to the reportedly imminent approach.

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