By Rob Dorsett
Last Updated: 20/02/19 12:25pm
Some of the Championship’s biggest clubs are demanding radical reform of the EFL board in the wake of Shaun Harvey’s resignation, Sky Sports News understands.
Chief executive Harvey is stepping down at the end of the season after finding himself increasingly at odds with club officials and Sky Sports News has been told that 19 of the 24 Championship clubs wanted that change at the top.
Now the big Championship clubs want more of a say in the appointment of Harvey’s successor and a re-structuring of the EFL board so that it no longer has ultimate power in making future decisions.
It is understood the clubs are pushing for a structure more like the one used in the Premier League, whereby each club has a vote on key issues.
Some clubs also want those votes to be proportionate to their size, with bigger clubs having more voting power, but that measure is unlikely to be ratified by the rest.
Currently, the 72 EFL clubs do not each get a vote on big decisions – instead they are made by the nine members of the EFL board of directors, which is made up of three appointed by the EFL, three representatives of the Championship clubs, two from League One and one from League Two.
Sky Sports News has been told the board has immediately begun to look for appropriate candidates, but the process of appointing the new CEO will not be discussed in detail until the next EFL board meeting on March 6.
Unless the structure is changed, the EFL board will decide on who will be the new CEO, and those directors have the power to appoint the new boss without any consultation with the clubs.