EFL chairman Peter Pannu says he is excited to introduce a second tier competition

European Super League back in three years with different format, new chief executive tells FT

The EFL’s new chairman Peter Pannu has told FT Sport that the introduction of a new competition format is on the way, but declined to confirm the name of his new chief executive.

An FAI statement reported by the Irish media suggests Andy Russell, the current chief executive of the League Managers Association, may take over the role. This would be a significant development for the EFL, and an indication of the direction in which Russell is heading in his career.

Pannu, who was appointed chairman in October last year, said he was excited to bring a new dimension to the competition next year, with “the potential of a new competition format”.

He told the publication that it would “be an exciting year and I look forward to working with the new CEO of the EFL”, who is expected to be announced in the coming weeks.

The EFL is currently investigating the feasibility of introducing a second division competition for the first team in their third tier, which would be played on a Saturday in the summer and then on a midweek basis in the winter.

The idea would see the EFL introduce a second tier competition into the top flight of English football, which would be played in the summer but on a Saturday, and then for the second half of the season, on a Monday night.

The first team would play in the second tier competition at the same level as the Super League and EFL Cup, taking place on a Saturday, with the first team playing on a midweek basis in the winter.

“The EFL is considering the possibility of a weekend-only competition for the top tier, possibly featuring the second team from the third tier”, Pannu said in a press release.

“The weekend-only competition for the top tier would allow the league to offer weekend football to a wider audience and would give us the opportunity

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