The Football League is to appoint a Chief Executive to oversee the management and strategic direction of the organisation, with Chairman Greg Clarke moving from an executive to non-executive role.

The position will be advertised nationally in the near future with the appointment process being overseen by a sub-committee of The Football League Board chaired by Independent Director Richard Bowker and also comprising of Clarke, Keith Lamb (Middlesbrough) and John Nixon (Carlisle United).

Explaining the Board's decision to appoint a Chief Executive, Clarke said: "This is a progressive step that will enable The Football League to provide better governance and leadership to its clubs. When I was appointed three years ago, I made it clear to the Board that a management structure of this type would meet with my approval and now is a sensible time to make this change.

"It is our intention to find a high calibre individual that can take The Football League forward and ensure that we continue to deliver the outstanding competitions that our clubs and the millions of people who watch our matches deserve."