Trevor Birch

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Trevor Birch
Personal information
Date of birth (1958-02-16) 16 February 1958 (age 57)
Place of birth Liverpool, England
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Playing position Midfield
Youth career
1974–79 Liverpool
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1979–80 Shrewsbury Town 25 (4)
1980–81 Chester City 31 (0)
1981–82 Marine
1982–83 Runcorn 31 (2)
1987–88 Northwich Victoria 6 (0)
c.1988 Skelmersdale United

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

† Appearances (goals)

Trevor Birch (born 16 February 1958) is an English football executive and former football player, currently serving as Partner in the Football Industry Group at accountancy firm BDO International.

Birch started out as a footballer and was on the books of Liverpool – he was the last player signed by Bill Shankly[1] – but only played for the reserves and by 1979 had left the club altogether. He also had brief spells with Shrewsbury Town and Chester City, after which he retired from playing professionally and became a chartered accountant, playing non-league football with clubs including Marine,[2] Runcorn,[3] Northwich Victoria[4] and Skelmersdale United. Birch failed to score a league goal in his season with Chester but did find the net in the FA Cup against Barnsley.[5]

Specialising in insolvency, Birch became chief executive of Chelsea, a club with a debt burden of around £80m, in February 2002, and attempted to restructure their finances. He also helped put together the £140m Roman Abramovich takeover during June and July 2003.[6] The takeover wiped out most of the club's debts, making Birch's role no longer necessary, and he was replaced by Peter Kenyon. Birch was offered another role, but instead resigned.[7]

In October 2003, Birch was appointed chief executive of Leeds United, another club with high debts, and was briefly chairman following Professor John McKenzie's resignation. He helped the club avoid administration, and oversaw the takeover of Leeds by Gerald Krasner's consortium, before moving on to Everton in June 2004 to become their chief executive. Birch was given the task of overhauling the Merseyside club's finances, but resigned just six weeks later.[8]

In June 2007 he became chief executive officer of Derby County, replacing Mike Horton's previous role as managing director. Horton remained on the board as vice-chairman.[9]

In October 2007 Birch left Derby County. He was lined up to be the new Southampton Chairman heading the new regime if the proposed takeover from Daniel Williams had materialised.

On 20 November 2009, Sheffield United announced Birch as their new chief executive, replacing Terry Robinson.

On 17 February 2012, Birch was appointed – in his capacity as a Partner of PKF(UK)LLP (part of the PKF International group) – as administrator at financially troubled Portsmouth F.C.


  1. ^ "New Blues chief has 'unfinished business'". ESPN Soccernet. 2002-02-21. Retrieved 2007-02-25. 
  2. ^ Chas Sumner (1997). On the Borderline: The Official History of Chester City 1885–1997. p. 135. ISBN 1-874427-52-6. 
  3. ^ John Hardman (2005). Alliance to Conference 1979–2004: The First 25 Years. pp. 536 & 545. ISBN 1-869833-52-X. 
  4. ^ John Hardman (2005). Alliance to Conference 1979–2004: The First 25 Years. p. 485. ISBN 1-869833-52-X. 
  5. ^ Chas Sumner (1997). On the Borderline: The Official History of Chester City 1885–1997. pp. stats section. ISBN 1-874427-52-6. 
  6. ^ Glanvill, Rick (2006). Chelsea FC: The Official Biography – The Definitive Story of the First 100 Years. Headline Book Publishing Ltd. ISBN 0-7553-1466-2. , pp. 158–164
  7. ^ "Birch quits Chelsea". BBC. 2003-09-13. Retrieved 2007-02-25. 
  8. ^ Phil McNulty (2004-07-16). "Everton chief Birch resigns". BBC. Retrieved 2007-02-25. 
  9. ^ "Derby appoint new chief executive". BBC. 2007-06-12. Retrieved 2007-07-02. 
Sporting positions
Preceded by
John McKenzie
Leeds United chairman
Succeeded by
Gerald Krasner
Preceded by
Colin Hutchinson
Chelsea chief executive
Succeeded by
Peter Kenyon
Preceded by
Leeds United chief executive
Succeeded by
Shaun Harvey
Preceded by
Everton chief executive
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Derby County chief executive
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Terry Robinson
Sheffield United chief executive
Succeeded by