Hartlepool United legend Ritchie Humphreys named PFA chairman

Ritchie Humphreys celebrate's the Spireites first goal against Oxford by Tina Jenner Oxford Utd v Chesterfield
Ritchie Humphreys celebrate's the Spireites first goal against Oxford by Tina Jenner Oxford Utd v Chesterfield
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HARTLEPOOL United legend Ritchie Humphreys says he is ‘honoured’ at being elected as the new chairman of the Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA).

The 35-year-old, who left Pools this summer after 12 years and a club record 544 appearances to join Chesterfield, has taken over from Clarke Carlisle.

The PFA’s chief executive, Gordon Taylor OBE, said “We congratulate Ritchie on his selection as chairman and feel sure his vast experience as a player and management committee member make him eminently suitable for the position.

“We look forward to working together in the future development of the PFA and also wish to thank Clarke Carlisle for his outstanding contribution to the PFA as a player, management committee member and chairman and wish him every success in the future.”

Ritchie said: “I am honoured to have been elected by my fellow members of the management committee and look forward to taking up the position of PFA chairman at the AGM in November.

“I am fully committed to the role that the PFA plays across all areas of football and will make every effort to continue the great work which Clarke has put in during his time as chairman.”

Clarke Carlisle has offered his support to his successor.

He said: “I have known and worked with Ritchie over a number of years and feel confident that he possesses the necessary skills and experience to take on this role.

“I wish him all the best and I am sure he will play a real part in shaping the PFA for the future.”