Former professional footballer Maheta Molango is set to take over from Gordon Taylor as chief executive of the Professional Footballers' Association (PFA).
Four independent non-executive directors have been the leads on a recruitment process to find a new chief executive for the first time in 40 years.
Taylor has held the position since 1981 and it was announced last year that he would be relinquishing the role by the end of this season and the Independent Advisory Panel has recommended former striker Molango to take the post.
"Following an open recruitment process for the Professional Footballers' Association's next chief executive, an Independent Advisory Panel has recommended Maheta Molango to the Players' Board," said the PFA in a statement.
"In conjunction with an external recruitment agency, the Advisory Panel has led an independent and transparent search for the PFA's next chief executive.
"The PFA Players' Board unanimously approved the proposed candidate, and the PFA will now look to finalise terms and formalise the appointment."
The news comes as a surprise to some who expected PFA chairman Ben Purkiss to be called up to the position, having first initiated the proposal to remove Taylor from his position.
Molango has played for the likes Brighton & Hove Albion, Lincoln, Oldham and Wrexham, however was unable to consolidate an established career on the pitch. He gained a Spanish degree in political science and eventually moved to Washington study law, before a return to Madrid where he could continue his studies alongside playing football in the lower leagues. He received his qualification and what followed was a successful career as a lawyer, specialising in sport.
In 2016, he moved to the administrative side of the game when he was appointed as Real Mallorca's chief executive, where he earned much raise for overseeing the club's return to La Liga.
Author: Jake Wilkin