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SPFL chief Neil Doncaster back on the radar for top job in the EFL after David Baldwin resigns

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The English Football League have placed Neil Doncaster back in the frame to be their next Chief Executive.

A divisive figure amongst Scottish fans, the SPFL chief was first contacted over the £450k post when Shaun Harvey left last year.

A lengthy search eventually ended in the EFL appointing David Baldwin after Doncaster opted to remain in Scotland.

EFL have placed Neil Doncaster (right)  back in the frame to be their next Chief Executive

EFL have placed Neil Doncaster (right)  back in the frame to be their next Chief Executive

EFL have placed Neil Doncaster (right)  back in the frame to be their next Chief Executive

In a statement on Monday, however, Baldwin confirmed his intention to leave the role after just four months – citing the need to balance the needs of ‘family, health and wellbeing.’

The EFL begun the process of seeking a successor with immediate effect. And Sportsmail has learned that Doncaster will be once again be sounded out over his willingness to consider a return to English football.

EFL chairman Rick Parry was at the heart of controversy over Project Big Picture, the plans to reform the English football pyramid rejected by clubs on Wednesday.

League sources insist the subsequent row is not the reason for Baldwin’s decision to leave next year. A former Burnley Chief Executive, the demands of running a league are significantly different to those of running a club and – after eleven challenging years in charge of the SPFL – London-born Doncaster will be a frontrunner on any list of potential replacements

Despite calls from Rangers for immediate his suspension over the disputed curtailment of the last SPFL season and criticism of the failure to secure a replacement title sponsor when Ladbrokes left the scene, Doncaster has largely managed to retain the support of Scottish clubs after securing a new £125million five-year broadcasting deal with Sky Sports. And, despite his young family living in England, the timing of a return to English football looks less than ideal.

While a general meeting of the SPFL on Monday will seek an elusive agreement between clubs over how best to curtail this season if covid-19 makes it impossible to continue, EFL clubs are now in a state of flux over a £50million bail-out package offered by the Premier League after Project Big Picture was shot down in midweek.

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Jack Wilshere reveals La Liga transfer could be on cards and insists ‘I’m not too young for MLS’ after West Ham axe

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JACK WILSHERE fancies a move to LaLiga and says he’s ‘not too young for the MLS’.

The former Arsenal midfielder is on the hunt for a club after he ‘had to get out’ of West Ham.

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Wilshere, 28, and the Hammers mutually agreed to cancel his London Stadium contract earlier this month.

It was believed to be worth around £100,000-a-week.

Injuries limited the ex-England international to just 19 appearances for West Ham.

However, he claimed he was fit and ready for selection for his last nine months at the Irons – suggesting he was simply not picked by David Moyes.

Wilshere has no hard feelings towards his boyhood club now he has left and thinks the Spanish game would suit his style.

He told Sky Sports: “I’ve been speaking to my agent every couple of days.

“There’s been a few things that have come up and we’re still talking about it, but I’m not going to put a time on it because I want to make sure it’s right.

“LaLiga, Italy or Germany would be a nice change for me. Not many English players have done it.

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“I always watch LaLiga, it was always something I thought about. I like the league, I think it’s more technical than the English game.

“I think it’s somewhere I could really show what I can do.”

Wilshere has also been linked with a move stateside to the MLS.

And he has been keeping himself fit with personal training sessions in a park.

He added: “I don’t think I’m too young for the MLS. It’s on Sky Sports, I think there’s been a big improvement in that league.

“If the right opportunity came up I’d be open to it.”

Wilshere had been at the London Stadium since 2018 when he moved on a free after his Arsenal contract expired.



He featured in just one game for the East London side this campaign – the 5-1 win against Hull in the Carabao Cup on September 22.

And despite the disappointing way his West Ham career turned out, most fans wished him well on his departure and Wilshere is glad he’s moved on.

He explained: “I was probably getting to that point, if I had stayed another year, where it would have been really tough mentally to come back from.

“I never had a fall out with him [Moyes]. I’ve got a lot of friends at West Ham and it was nothing personal against them.

“I still speak to a lot of the players, but I just had to get out. I couldn’t spend another year not playing, especially at my age.

“I just want to play games – I want to get back to playing 25-30 games a season, when you can really get your confidence back and a smile on your face.

“Just playing football, what I used to do when I was a little bit younger. I still feel like I can do it and I want to prove everyone wrong.”

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2pm Arsenal news LIVE: Umtiti transfer LATEST, Ozil donates kids’ meals, Dundalk build-up, Mike Dean is Man Utd ref

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ARSENAL aim to bounce back this week when they take on Irish side Dundalk in the Europa League.

And then at the weekend it’s old rivals Manchester United in a HUGE Premier League clash.

Follow ALL of the latest Gunners transfer gossip and news below…

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2pm Chelsea news LIVE: Krasnodar build up, Rudiger ‘to return to squad’, Ziyech fitness test

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CHELSEA face Krasnodar in Russia in the Champions League this week.

On the transfer front, the Blues are reportedly offering Declan Rice £120,000-a-week to join the club in January.

Get all the latest updates from Stamford Bridge here…

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