Premier League facing turbulent times
During his 10 years in charge at the Premier League, Richard Scudamore has seen six chief executives leave the Football Association.
Ian Watmore became the latest to quit this week with FA insiders pointing to differences with the Premier League as the reason for his departure.
During that decade, the Premier League under Scudamore has gone from strength to strength. It has seen its annual television rights values break through the £1bn barrier, the country's top clubs are known from Harrow to Hong Kong and its players have become millionaire superstars.
At the same time the FA has stumbled from crisis to crisis.
But with Portsmouth becoming the first Premier League club to go into administration, spiralling debts and concerns over players' behaviour - Scudamore is facing the trickiest period of his tenure.
The fear from the Premier League, and other sports bodies which rely on BSkyB for the vast majority of their income, is that the broadcaster will slash the prices it pays for their rights by up to a third.
With England's top clubs owing more than £2bn and players' wages showing no signs of falling, such a drop in income could be catastrophic.
However, Scudamore doesn't do self doubt. He is a free marketeer who remains bullishly committed to self regulation.
In my interview with the Premier League chief executive, he told me he was disappointed Watmore had quit so soon. He said they were building a close relationship and rejected the suggestion the Premier League - or more specifically chairman Sir David Richards - was responsible for his exit.
He called for a strong and stable FA but argued "structural difficulties" were at the heart of the governing body's ongoing problems.
This all goes back to the FA's failure to implement in full the review by Lord Terry Burns five years ago, who argued two independent directors would help bring sense to the FA's imperfect collaboration of self interests.
With the FA so weak, the Premier League have stepped in to fill the vacuum. New regulations introduced this season designed to tackle the sorts of financial problems that have hit Portsmouth should, he claims, be enough to avert a repeat of that fiasco.
But is it right that the League should be responsible for policing itself. Isn't that the job of the FA?
With a World Cup just around the corner, the focus on English football and the way it runs itself will be sharper than ever.