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Hoffman’s ousting as Premier League chairman

Even though he has only been in the position for 18 months, Gary Hoffman’s decision to resign from his role as the Premier League’s chairman has been coming for some time.

Hoffman, who will step down at the end of January, has been in the crosshairs of the 20 clubs from as early as last year, but only now have they decided to press the trigger and oust the former chief executive of Northern Rock.

Hoffman, 61, just wasn’t capable of fulfilling such a role in the eyes of several Premier League executives. A nice guy, but not up to scratch for those still pining for the way former chief executive and chairman Richard Scudamore operated.

It has been made clear to The Athletic that even though there was only a small number of executives spearheading the attempts to remove him, eventually gaining a consensus among the 20 clubs, there weren’t many fighting to save Hoffman. One leading figure at a top-six club side said “it was like walking through an open door” for those who wanted him out.

Gary Andrew Hoffman is the chairman of Monzo and Coventry Building Society. In April 2020 he was appointed as chairman of the English Premier League[4] a role he began on 1 June 2020.

The Latest on Kevin De Bruyne, Jack Grealish, Dominic Calvert-Lewin and the Complete Team News Ahead of Man City vs Everton

Pep Guardiola and Rafa Benitez will both be without a number of key players when Manchester City welcome Everton to the Etihad Stadium in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon.

City, who moved to second in the Premier League table following a 2-0 win over Manchester United earlier this month, face an Everton side who are winless in their last five matches.

Pep Guardiola‘s side are just three points off the top of the table, while the Toffees come into this weekend’s match in 11th place – having not won in the Premier League since September.

The Blues, who face Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League on Wednesday night, have four matches between Sunday and the 1st of December, as they look to up the ante in their latest Premier League title defence.

Manchester City have won their last eight matches in all competitions against the Merseyside club, having thrashed Everton 5-0 on the last day of the 2020/21 season back in May.

Manchester City Team News

Pep Guardiola will be without a number of key Manchester City players for Sunday’s meeting with Everton, with the Catalan having provided an update on the conditions of Jack Grealish, Phil Foden and Kevin De Bruyne during Friday’s press conference.

Kevin De Bruyne will miss matches against Everton, Paris Saint Germain, and potentially West Ham United next weekend, after testing positive for COVID-19.

The 30-year-old, who featured in Belgium’s 1-1 draw with Wales on Tuesday night, is currently self-isolating after a positive test on Wednesday.

Pep Guardiola also casted doubt on the availability of Jack Grealish, who returned early from international duty with England due to an injury.

When asked about the condition of Manchester City‘s summer signing, the Catalan said that Grealish was “getting better,” but he doesn’t think the £100 million man will be available for Sunday’s game with Everton.

The City manager also revealed that Phil Foden returned from England duty with “a knock and a problem in his leg,” and when asked whether the 21-year-old will feature at the weekend, Pep Guardiola replied, “We will see.”

Ferran Torres also remains unavailable for the Blues, as the Spaniard continues his recovery from a broken foot.

Everton Team News

Everton will also be without four first-team stars when they visit the Etihad Stadium on Sunday afternoon, with the most notable absence being star striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

The Everton forward will miss the clash at the Etihad through an injury which will reportedly see him sidelined for “at least two or three weeks,” according to manager Rafa Benitez.

Benitez also revealed that the Toffees would be without Yerry Mina, Abdoulaye Doucoure, and Andre Gomes for their meeting with the reigning Premier League Champions.

 

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How Manchester United should line up vs Watford in Premier League fixture

The early team news and predicted line ups as Man Utd travel to face Watford in the Premier League fixture on Saturday afternoon.

Manchester United will be hoping for an upturn in form when they travel to face Watford in the Premier League this weekend.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer remains under immense pressure after four defeats in the last six league outings and knows an improved display is needed from his side if he is to stay in a job.

United have won 18 of their 26 matches against Watford but are winless in three Premier League matches against newly promoted teams, drawing against West Brom, Leeds and Fulham last season. They haven’t gone four in a row without a win against such opposition since a run ending in September 1997.

In terms of early team news, Raphael Varane will miss the match through injury while Paul Pogba is suspended.

Wan-Bissaka’s demotion is overdue and Diogo Dalot deserves a genuine chance to show he can prolong his United career. Harry Maguire is reprieved in the hope that he is buoyed by his international form, as well as the shortcomings of Eric Bailly and Victor Lindelof’s partnership.

Nemanja Matic – the only defensive midfielder in the squad – has been bafflingly underused and has to be trialled next to Donny van de Beek. Jesse Lingard is well overdue a league start for United.

Mason Greenwood and Jadon Sancho are inverted forwards who would offer Cristiano Ronaldo support and draw the full-backs forwards. Matic, Lingard, Van de Beek, Greenwood, and Sancho were not on international duty and their freshness could be vital.

Why Liverpool shouldn’t underestimate Arsenal in their Premier League clash

The Premier League, often referred to as the English Premier League or the EPL, is the top level of the English football league system.

(legal name: The Football Association Premier League Limited)

Contested by 20 clubs, it operates on a system of promotion and relegation with the English Football League (EFL). Seasons run from August to May with each team playing 38 matches (playing all 19 other teams both home and away).

Most games are played on Saturday and Sunday afternoons.

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