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David Dien front runner for top job at the FA

Wed 22nd Dec 2010 | Football Governance

David Dein is the front-runner to be chosen as the new Football Association chairman when board members gather today for one of their most important meetings in recent history.

According to reports, Dein, the former Arsenal and FA vice-chairman, has emerged as the favourite to secure the position.

The appointment is not the only major issue however - the board will also hear a post mortem of England's failure to host the 2018 World Cup from bid chief executive Andy Anson, and the first details of a review of international player development from Sir Trevor Brooking and general secretary Alex Horne.

It’s expected that Bolton chairman Phil Gartside, head of the nominations committee appointed to find Triesman's successor, will present one name, or possibly two, to fellow board members at the meeting.

Acting chairman Roger Burden was initially the favourite until he withdrew his application following England 2018's controversial World Cup defeat on the grounds that he "could not trust" FIFA.

Dein has not always seen eye to eye with Premier League chairman Sir Dave Richards, but it is understood he will not try to block his appointment.

Appointing Dein would also be welcomed by the Government who are watching proceedings carefully before making any moves to reform the governance of the organisation.

Dein impressed ministers as international president of England's 2018 bid, even if his efforts came to nothing, and he has good connections to UEFA and FIFA.

The only possible fly in the ointment is in respect of his age - under current rules the chairman has to stand down when he is 70, meaning Dein would only have three years in office.

Former sports minister Richard Caborn, whose term in that office coincided with the Burns report that led to changes in the structure of the FA, said: "I believe that from the FA's point of view David Dein would be a good choice.

"He's respected both nationally and internationally and he has a good rapport with all parts of the game.

"We need to build bridges with FIFA and UEFA, and restore the authority and the respect of the governing body and he would be a good choice to do that."

 

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