Everton chief executive Keith Wyness has resigned, the club has announced.
Everton issued a short one-sentence statement to confirm the exit of Wyness on their official website.
It read: “Everton Football Club wishes to announce that Keith Wyness has resigned his position as chief executive officer and director of the club.”
Wyness was the man behind the club’s attempt to relocate to a new 50,000-capacity stadium in Kirkby. Planning consent has been received for the stadium but a government decision on whether or not to “call in” the project is expected within the next few days.
Everton say Wyness’ departure is not connected to the future of their proposed new stadium.
A club statement said: “The club wish to re-iterate our commitment to the Destination Kirkby project.
“The departure of Keith Wyness is in no way connected to that project.”
Everton are concerned that an inquiry would put back the move for a year and effectively kill off the £400m scheme.