Premier League’s elite clubs secure larger share of TV money

Chelsea's goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois gives a thumbs-up during the FA Premier League match between Chelsea FC and Liverpool FC at Stamford Bridge

Chelsea's goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois gives a thumbs-up during the FA Premier League match between Chelsea FC and Liverpool FC at Stamford Bridge

The 58-year-old football chief said it had been an "absolute privilege" to led the organisation for nearly 20 years.

Meanwhile Sky Sports has been awarded the rights to show 128 Premier League games a season exclusively live in the Republic of Ireland from 2019.

"The past 20 years would not have been possible without the continuing support and encouragement of the clubs and the unstinting efforts of my colleagues at the Premier League, whose professionalism and dedication are only surpassed by their decency and sense of fun".

"That number will run into hundreds, they have all contributed to our story and I would like to thank them enormously".

Scudamore has been an influential figure in overseeing the English top-flight's expansion during his 20 years in charge.

Richard Scudamore added: 'When the Premier League was formed in 1992 nobody could have envisaged the scale of worldwide growth in the competition which exists now.

"Whilst probably best known for the outstanding growth he has delivered, most importantly he commands the respect of everyone in football for the dignified and positive way he has managed the complexities of keeping the league together and moving us forward".

"The Premier League board and the audit committee have been working on how we will replace Richard and we expect to make an appropriate appointment in good time so there can be a seamless transition".

"The Premier League certainly will go on from strength to strength; we also hope that Richard enjoys a very healthy and successful future".

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