Mansfield Town's new chief executive Carolyn Still insists her appointment is "genuine" amid speculation she is in a relationship with owner John Radford.
Still, 29, became English football's youngest chief executive on Tuesday.
Radford has so far not responded to BBC Radio Nottingham as to whether he is romantically involved with Still.
But Still said: "I don't feel it's appropriate, at this stage, to comment. This has been a genuine appointment. I have worked hard to get where I am."
Still is a politics graduate from the University of Durham and has previously worked in the fashion industry for Bulgari and Gucci.
She succeeds Steve Barker, who has accepted a new position within chairman John Radford's company, One Call Group.