The Premier League have confirmed that David Pemsel has resigned from his role as chief executive with immediate effect.
After agreeing to take the role back in October, Pemsel was due to start his duties in February 2020, replacing outgoing executive Richard Scudamore.
However, the Premier League have now taken to their official website to confirm that Pemsel will not join up with the organisation in February after resigning from his role on Friday.
"Following media disclosures earlier this week and discussions with David Pemsel, the Premier League has today accepted David’s resignation and he will no longer be joining as Chief Executive," a statement read.
"Richard Masters will continue as Interim Chief Executive. No further comment will be made at this stage."
The 'media disclosures' in question are believed to be a series of text messages between Pemsel and a former colleague. As noted by the Daily Mail, Pemsel has faced allegations of improper conduct relating to these messages, which were sent to a woman in her 20s, and plenty of Premier League clubs were believed to have lost faith in the boss.
Some teams across England were eager to organise emergency crisis talks to discuss Pemsel's position, but it now appears as though they will not be necessary as Pemsel has chosen to resign from his role with immediate effect.
The process of replacing Scudamore, who announced his decision to leave in June 2018, has been described as 'shambolic' and 'embarrassing'.
The first target for the role was Discovery Channel executive Susanna Dinnage, who accepted the role in November 2018. However, she stepped down just two months later, and then BBC chief Tim Davie also rejected the role.
Masters was appointed on an interim basis to aid the search for a permanent replacement, and Pemsel was seen as the ideal candidate before these concerns emerged.
Now, the Premier League will go back to searching for another candidate, nearly 18 months after Scudamore revealed he planned to step down.
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