EXCLUSIVE: Debbie Jevans to leave the EFL at end of the season

Debbie Jevans will leave the EFL at the end of the season after nine years on the board as Wimbledon’s first EVER female chair prepares to take over in SW19 this summer

  • Jevans became Football League’s non-executive independent director in 2014
  • She was then appointed interim chair during a difficult period five years later
  • Now the 62-year-old is poised to make history as Wimbledon’s first female chair 

New Wimbledon chair Debbie Jevans is set to leave the EFL Board at the end of the season following her appointment by the All England Club. 

The former Grand Slam singles player made history by becoming Wimbledon’s first female chair last month and will take over in SW19 after this summer’s Championships following nine years at the EFL.

Jevans became an non-executive independent director of the Football League in 2014 and was given the unenviable task of steering the lower divisions through one of most difficult periods in their history after being appointed interim chair in 2019.

The 62-year-old was in charge of the EFL Board when they took the decision to expel Bury from League One and deny them admission to League Two ahead of the 2019/2020 season after they were unable to provide proof of funds that they could survive the campaign.

Jevans became a focal point of criticism from disgruntled Bury fans, but insisted that the EFL were not embarrassed by their decision after working for several months on a rescue package for the club which ultimately failed. 

New Wimbledon chair Debbie Jevans is set to leave the EFL Board at the end of the season

She also faces a potentially difficult start to her reign at Wimbledon as the All England Club must decide whether to maintain the controversial ban on Russian players this year, a decision which led to British tennis being fined almost £1.5million by the ATP and WTA.

The EFL are expected to announce Jevans’ departure in the next few days and confirm their plans for securing a replacement. Former Jockey Club chief executive Simon Bazelgette left the Board last year so the EFL are likely to appoint two new independent directors.

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