By Dr Dan Plumley

19th Nov, 2021 | 5:00pm

Dr Dan: Newcastle have just caused executive's removal as 'real source of power' revealed

The Newcastle United takeover has ultimately forced the resignation of one of the Premier League’s most powerful officials.

So says finance expert and new Football lnsider columnist Doctor Dan Plumley, speaking about Garry Hoffman’s imminent departure.

The Premier League confirmed on 17 November that Hoffman would step aside as chairman of the division at the end of January 2022.

He has had to navigate two breakaway plots and the £305million Newcastle takeover during his 18-month premiership.

Many top-flight sides fear that Saudi-backed Newcastle, now officially the world’s richest club, will distort competition in the Premier League.

Plumley claims that the Newcastle case has been Hoffman’s downfall, and the fallout has revealed the true source of power in English football.

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“Newcastle has been the straw that broke the camel’s back,” the Sheffield Hallam University expert told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams.

“He has been in the job 18 months and has struggled along the way to gain favour with the clubs.

“That short tenure not only coincided with the pandemic but also with aborted breakaway plans in Project Big Picture and the Super League.

“It’s an accumulation of things that the clubs have not been happy with.

“With the lines of communication with regard to this takeover, there were emails that were seen by some clubs and not by others.

“And with everything else we have seen in the media, everything has come to a head.

“He was subject to an unofficial vote of no confidence and more than half called for his removal.

“That further underlines, for me, the power dynamic between the Premier League as the governing body and the clubs.

“From a hierarchy point of view, we’d assume the Premier League is the real source of overarching. But in reality, this case shows that it’s the clubs.”

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