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Tottenham director Trevor Birch to become new EFL chief executive

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ottenham director of football operations Trevor Birch will leave the club at the end of the year having been appointed the new chief executive of the English Football League.

Birch, who only joined Spurs from Swansea in September and was part of a complete restructure of the hierarchy in north London, was a candidate for the EFL job in 2019 before withdrawing from the process allowing David Baldwin to take the role.

Baldwin, who himself only took up the role in June, will now leave on December 31, with Birch starting on January 1 while Tottenham have confirmed that Matthew Collecott, their finance and operations director, will pick up the vacant role until the end of the season.

Birch, who is a former chief executive at Chelsea, Everton, Leeds United, Sheffield United and Derby County, joins the EFL at an acute time financially with clubs facing up to the devastating impact of the pandemic. There is some respite in last week’s agreement of a financial package from the Premier League worth £250million, but huge challenges around the financial viability of EFL clubs still remain.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed being a part of Spurs,” Birch said. “However, the opportunity to play a role in the EFL at such a crucial time is one I couldn’t turn down.”

EFL chairman Rick Parry said: “I am delighted that he has opted to take up the position and is able to join the League so promptly. I thank Daniel Levy for his understanding in this respect.”

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