As the club representatives on the EFL Board were announced ahead of the 2019/20 season last week, Cliff Crown, Brentford FC Chairman, confirmed he would not be continuing in the role. Club representation on the EFL Board comprises three Directors from the Sky Bet Championship, two Directors from Sky Bet League One and one Director from Sky Bet League Two, each selected by the 24 clubs in their respective divisions. Cliff had represented the Championship for the past three years but did not stand for election this time.
Derby County Chief Executive Stephen Pearce has been appointed as a Championship Club Director to join the two existing representatives, Reading Chief Executive Nigel Howe and Bristol City Chief Executive Mark Ashton. Fleetwood Town Chief Executive Steven Curwood and Burton Albion’s Non-Executive Director Jez Moxey are the League One Club Directors whilst Carlisle United Director of External Affairs John Nixon has been re-elected to serve as the League Two representative. They will be joined on the EFL Board by EFL Executive Chair Debbie Jevans CBE and Independent Non-Executive Director Simon Bazelgette, a Brentford fan.
Cliff joined the EFL Board in 2016 and also represented the EFL on the FA Cup Committee. During the 2018/19 season he was Chairman of the FA Cup Committee, a role that involved him taking part in draws for the early rounds and meeting the Manchester City and Watford players on the pitch ahead of the 2019 Emirates FA Cup Final.
Cliff said: “When my three-year term came to an end I decided to stand down. This would allow fresh Championship representation with Stephen Pearce joining the Board and also give me more time to dedicate to Brentford. I will be more available to support our Chief Executive Jon Varney as and when he needs me and also the rest of our senior leadership team over a very important 12 months as we prepare to move to our new stadium.
“I thoroughly enjoyed my time on the Board and felt that I contributed to a number of key issues and challenges that came our way. But I felt this was the right time to stand down. I wish Stephen and the rest of the Board all the best and look forward to seeing some of them over the coming months and years.”