Doncaster admits fault in relegation

PUBLISHED: 08:00 09 July 2009 | UPDATED: 16:21 10 September 2010

Former Canaries chief executive Neil Doncaster has admitted Norwich City's relegation to League One was partially down to him. Doncaster quit his job, and a place on the board of directors, eight days after City dropped out of the Championship .

Former Canaries chief executive Neil Doncaster has admitted Norwich City's relegation to League One was partially down to him.

Doncaster quit his job, and a place on the board of directors, eight days after City dropped out of the Championship .

"The club don't deserve to be in that league," said Doncaster yesterday. "It happened on my watch. It was important to realise that and step down and take some responsibility for it.

"I was privileged to be given the opportunity at Norwich City. However, following relegation, it was time to move on."

Doncaster was speaking at a press conference yesterday after being appointed as the new Scottish Premier League chief executive.

The 39-year-old was officially unveiled at Hampden yesterday morning as the SPL's first chief executive for seven years.

Lex Gold has been executive chairman in the interim and will now resume a non-executive role.

However, Doncaster revealed Gold will continue to spearhead the SPL's frantic attempt to secure a TV deal next season, following the collapse of Setanta. Reports claim Sky and ESPN have jointly bid around half the amount of the £125m, four-year contract the organisation had agreed with Setanta.

Doncaster said: "Of course, it's something which everyone's aware of. I understand the situation.

"But the TV situation is one that Lex and the board have been dealing with for a number of months now.

"I'm just in with my feet under the desk and it's right that I let them continue to deal with that situation, hear what's going on, be of assistance - but they'll be leading that process."

The appointment of the Canaries former chief executive, who stood down following City's relegation in May, was confirmed after a meeting of the SPL's 12 clubs on Tuesday afternoon. He was chosen by a panel consisting of SPL chairman Gold, Hibernian chairman Rod Petrie and Rangers chief executive Martin Bain.

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