(WFI) Greg Dyke is set to become the new FA chairman.
The Football Association Board today unanimously approved his nomination to succeed David Bernstein who leaves in July after two-and-a-half years in the job. Dyke’s appointment is subject to approval by The FA Council.
The 65-year-old brings to the role his wide-ranging broadcasting experience. He was a director general of the BBC and managing director of London Weekend Television.
Dyke’s background in football includes being a director of Manchester United in the late nineties. Since 2006 he has been non-executive chairman of Brentford FC, the team he supported as a boy.
“Football has always been a big part of my life whether playing 11-a-side on Sunday mornings or six-a-side on Thursday evenings,” Dyke told The FA.com.
“I got involved in how the game was run when I was first involved in buying sports rights as chairman of ITV Sport in the late eighties and later at the BBC. I learnt a lot in the years when I was on the board of Manchester United and have seen the other side of the professional game at Brentford.”
Currently chairman of both the British Film Institute and Europe’s largest theatre group ATG, Dyke will give up both his role at Brentford and as a non-executive director at German broadcaster Pro Sieben in the next few months.
“I am very excited to take on this role with The FA,” he added.
“At the grass roots seven million people play football every weekend, women’s football is booming and the ambition is for it to be the second biggest team participation sport in England behind only the men’s game, we have the best known, most successful league in the world with the Premier League and the Football League is so much stronger than it was eight years or nine ago.
“Having said that, I am a big supporter of financial fair play which, in both the Premier League and the Football League, will have a big impact and hopefully bring a degree of financial sanity to the professional game.”
Dyke will be expected to continue the good work of Bernstein in improving The FA’s relations with Sepp Blatter following criticism of the FIFA president after England’s ignominious exit from the 2018 World Cup bid race in December 2010.
He will also play a key role in Wembley Stadium’s bid campaign to host the semi-finals and final of Euro 2020, which UEFA is staging across 13 European countries.
Dyke also commented on the challenges of bringing success to the England team.
“I do see one of the most important tasks for The FA is, over time, to make thoughtful changes which will benefit the England team,” he was quoted.
“The FA have made a great start by rebuilding Wembley and developing great facilities at St. George’s Park but it is essential that The FA finds a way to ensure that more talented young English footballers are given their chance in the professional game at the highest level.”
Outgoing FA chairman Bernstein congratulated Dyke: “I wish him every success in this stimulating but demanding role.
“I will ensure that the handover is dealt with efficiently to help in maintaining the stability that has been achieved by The FA since 2010.”
Following today’s FA Board meeting at Wembley, chairman of the Nominations Committee Roger Devlin said: “We have every confidence we have got the right appointment in Greg Dyke. He has an outstanding understanding of football, strong relationships across the industry and government, while retaining a great empathy for the game.
“I am confident that Greg will be a successful chairman, who will lead The FA from the front and be respected by the football community.”
By INSIDER’s Mark Bisson
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