The English Football Association has announced that Greg Dyke is to replace David Bernstein as chairman of the governing body when the latter’s two-and-a-half year term comes to an end in July.
It was confirmed last year that Bernstein would be forced to resign from the post after the FA Council refused to make changes to statutes that currently prevent anyone from holding the role past the age of 70. As a result of the decision, former BBC director general Dyke will now take the reins from July 13. As well as his knowledge of the broadcast sector, Dyke has a range of experience in the football world, having been a director at Manchester United in the past. He also currently serves as non-executive chairman at League One club Brentford – a role he will relinquish as a result of his appointment, along with a position as non-executive director at German broadcaster Pro Sieben.
Dyke said: “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. 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. 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.”
Chairman of the FA board’s nominations commission, Roger Devlin, added: “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.”