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Greg Clarke has been formally named as the new chairman of the Football Association (The FA).

 

Clarke, who spent six years as chairman of the Football League before stepping down this summer, was approved by The FA Board on 22 July, and was formally ratified by a full meeting of The FA Council at Wembley Stadium today (Wednesday 24thAug).

 

His appointment marks the end David Gill’s spell as acting-chairman, with the FIFA Vice-President reverting to his vice-chairman duties. 

 

In a statement released by The FA, Clarke, who begins his role on 2nd September, said: “I’m delighted to be confirmed at the next Chairman of The FA and I’m relishing the challenge. 

 

“My experience as a Council member for The FA has given me an insight into the excellent work this organisation undertakes at every level of the game. 

 

“It’s an honour for me to be joining at such a pivotal point in its recent history and I’d like to thank the Board and the Council for their continued support.”

 

Clarke will accompany FA chief executive Martin Glenn in travelling to Slovakia with the England senior men’s team, ahead of the opening 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier in Trnava.

 

He added: “The FA has the ability to have the most positive effect on football in this country – from the grassroots game all the way through to the men’s and women’s senior England teams. 

 

“I’m looking forward to continuing that good work and playing my part in representing an FA that we can all be proud of.”

 

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