David Pemsel has resigned as Premier League CEO before he even started in the role, following revelations over his private life, which emerged this week.

The 51-year-old was set to take the role in February, however following a news story in The Sun newspaper on Thursday, Pemsel has confirmed he will no longer become the Premier League chief.

Issuing the following statement, the Premier League said: “Following media disclosures earlier this week and discussions with David Pemsel, the Premier League has today accepted David’s resignation and he will no longer be joining as Chief Executive.

“Richard Masters will continue as Interim Chief Executive. No further comment will be made at this stage.”

It means the league is now on the hunt for the fourth candidate to replace the outgoing, Richard Scudamore, adding to what has been an embarrassing process for the English football’s top tier.

Following Scudamore’s successful tenure, in which the league enjoyed a period of lucrative TV rights and extensive audience growth, the task of replacing the outgoing CEO has been no easy task.