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Burnley have confirmed this afternoon that chief executive Dave Baldwin will be leaving the club in June of next year to take up the role of chief executive officer at the Football League (EFL).

Dave arrived at Turf Moor from Bradford City in November 2014 as chief operating officer, working alongside Lee Hoos. He’d been in the reckoning for the chief exec role when Hoos was appointed in 2011 and at the end of that 2014/15 season he stepped up into the role when Hoos moved to QPR.

He’s  been in that role since with the club winning promotion in his first season in charge and retaining our Premier League place ever since. Last year he won a Premier League CEO of the Year award from FC Business magazine and has very definitely taken our club forward.

Baldwin said today: “I have thoroughly enjoyed my spell as chief executive at Burnley. Together, we have enjoyed one of the most successful spells in the club’s recent history and I am proud to have played some part in that.

“However, the role of CEO at the EFL is something I feel is the right move for me at this point in my life and I am now looking forward to the new challenge.”

Chairman Mike Garlick, who will now assume the role of executive chairman, said: “I would like to place on record our thanks to David for his contribution to the club. He has proved to be a superb appointment and helped move the club forwards.

“It has been a pleasure working alongside him and along with all the directors and staff, we wish him well in his new role.”

Burnley will now be searching for a new chief executive, and that will be a sixth person to hold the position at the club.

I first met him, by chance, in his first week at Burnley. I’ve got to know him very well during his time here and there is no doubt, in my view, that he’ll be a big loss and will take some replacing. I look forward to continuing dealing with him for the remainder of this season and will then wish him the very best when he moves into his new role.

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