LONDON: The English Premier League has to find another new chairman after confirmation that Anthony Fry is stepping down after having been taken seriously ill in March.
Fry, who was appointed in June last year, said: “As is now well known, I suffered a stroke on 4 March this year. I have been very fortunate and I am delighted to be making significant progress with my recovery.
“On the advice of my doctors, however, I realise that I need to scale back my business activities. It is with regret, therefore, that I have decided to step down from my position as chairman of the Premier League which, given my continuing roles at Dairy Crest, CALA and Control Risks, demands more commitment than I am able to give currently.
“It would not be fair to the Premier League, nor its member clubs, not to be able to continue to give that commitment.”
Fry went on to thank the Premier League for supporting him during “a very difficult time” and believed the Premier League would continue to go “from strength to strength.”
Bruce Buck, chairman of the League’s audit and remuneration committee, said: “When the clubs appointed Anthony we knew we were getting a serious and robust figure with an impressive track record, and who cared about the game.
“It is a great shame that we were only just getting to see the full range of his capabilities when Anthony was taken ill.
“It is absolutely right for Anthony to concentrate on making a full recovery. I am sure I speak for all the Premier League Clubs when I say that we respect that decision, and thank Anthony for all his efforts while in post.”
The Premier League has yet to announce who will take Fry’s place