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Ralph Topping To Step Down As SPL Chairman

Mon 5th Nov 2012 | Football Governance

Ralph Topping will step down from his role as Independent Chairman of the Scottish Premier League.
 
After more than three years with the League, Ralph will leave the role by the end of the current season in order to concentrate fully on his role as Chief Executive of William Hill PLC.
 
Neil Doncaster, Chief Executive of the SPL, commented: “Since his appointment in October 2009, Ralph has been a powerful and influential advocate of Scottish football and has steered the League through a very challenging period. 

“On behalf of the entire SPL Board, member clubs and staff of the League, I would like to extend our sincere gratitude to Ralph for his hugely significant contribution and wish him the very best of luck for the future.”
 
Ralph Topping commented: “I have enjoyed my time chairing Scotland’s premier sporting competition. 

“Unfortunately, with the ongoing international expansion of William Hill, involving regular and substantial long-haul travel, I will be unable to devote sufficient time to the SPL over the next few years to do the role justice.  It is therefore with regret, and to be fair to the clubs, that I feel I must step down from the SPL to focus 100% on William Hill.”

The process for appointing a new independent non-executive chairman of the Scottish Premier League will begin immediately.

Image: Ralph Topping, Scottish Premier League

Posted by: Aaron Gourley

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