Next Game

Partick v St Mirren

Friday, 30 January 2015, 19:45

Scots Prem

St Mirren Park

Last Game

St Mirren 1 - 2 Dundee

Saturday, 24 January 2015, 15:00

Scots Prem

Doncaster named SPFL chief

Neil Doncaster has been appointed as chief executive of the Scottish Professional Football League.

Last Updated: 04/07/13 at 07:12 Post Comment

Neil Doncaster: Appointed chief executive of the SPFL

Neil Doncaster: Appointed chief executive of the SPFL

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

The Englishman, who was chief executive of the Scottish Premier League, has beaten off the challenge of Scottish Football League counterpart David Longmuir to lead the new 42-club organisation.

Both men were interviewed by a three-man panel at Hampden Park on Wednesday, which was reported to be Aberdeen chief executive Duncan Fraser, Celtic director Eric Riley, former Scottish Premier League chairman Ralph Topping and Stenhousemuir director Bill Darroch.

An SPFL statement read: "The Remuneration and Appointment Committee of the SPFL can advise that Neil Doncaster has been appointed to the role of Chief Executive Officer of the SPFL.

"The SPFL looks forward to continuing with the implementation of one representative body and the commencement of season 2013/14 for the benefit of all 42 member clubs."

Doncaster appeared to be the clear favourite after the merger agreement was held up last week partly by the emergence of an outstanding £100,000 bonus for Longmuir, of which some SFL board members were unaware.

The limited selection pool has been widely criticised but it is believed that considering a fresh candidate could have fallen foul of employment law.

Doncaster's most pressing task is to secure a sponsor for the new league, with the season starting on August 3.

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

F

irst Townsend, now Chiles. What next ITV? Comedy that you can actually watch without vomiting up your own spleen? I'll be sad to see Matt Smith go though. I actually quite like him. Plus, he was good in Doctor Who.

sailingmagpie
Adrian Chiles to leave ITV

H

e's like Jay from Inbetweeners. Could've had him, had him, didn't want him, turned him down.

lee
Wenger criticises work permits

A

wful, awful pundit. He was crap on BBC, and offered a little more analysis than Robbie Savage - apart from the delivery of banality in a sexy accent. Also, as I'm Irish he'll never be more then a slimy, hand-balling f**ker in my eyes.

batdog
Football People On TV: Thierry Henry

Footer 365

Sepp Blatter shrugs-off UEFA's challenge to his leadership as 'lacking courage'

Sepp Blatter tells UEFA “they do not have the courage” to sufficiently challenge his leadership at this year's election.

Transfer news: Sam Allardyce unsure whether Darren Fletcher will join West Ham

Manager Sam Allardyce admits he is unsure whether Darren Fletcher will choose to join West Ham or another club.

Transfer news: Wigan close to signings of Chris Herd from Aston Villa and Jason Pearce from Leeds

Wigan are close to signing Aston Villa's Chris Herd on loan and Leeds' Jason Pearce permanently, Sky sources understand.

Mail Box

Appalling, Slow, Pathetic, Embarrassing

It's a bonus Saturday Mailbox, with plenty of reaction to the most alarming 0-0 draw in Manchester United's recent history. At what point do we worry about Louis van Gaal?

Why Do Man United Look So Impotent?

It's all very well talking about formations and United's defensive problems, but shouldn't their expensive attacking options be doing better? And we talk psychology...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company