Brentford chairman and Twickenham resident Greg Dyke appointed FA chairman
11:32am Thursday 21st March 2013 in News
Brentford Football Club chairman Greg Dyke has been appointed chairman of the Football Association.
Twickenham resident Greg Dyke, 65, was unanimously voted in today and will take over as chairman from David Bernstein when he leaves the post after two-and-a-half years in July – subject to approval by the FA Council.
Mr Dyke's appointment will take effect from Saturday, July 13, after a recruitment process led by FA independent director Roger and board members Roger Burden and Keith Lamb.
Mr Dyke said: “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.
“I was brought up in a household where my father was much more interested in whether or not you had won at football than whether you had passed your exams. In my case that was just as well.
“I still turn out to play six-a-side some Thursday evenings although at my age I seem to spend more time injured than playing.
“I supported my local team Brentford as a kid where my elder brother was a junior, watched York City while at university and followed Manchester United whenever I could.
“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 the British film institute and Europe’s largest theatre group ATG, which own Richmond Theatre, Mr 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.
He said: “Obviously as chairman of The FA it is imperative that I am neutral so that means giving up my current role as chairman of Brentford which I will miss.
“However I shall be staying on until the end of the season.
“As I leave I would like to pay tribute to everyone at Brentford, the staff, the players and manager and particularly the fans. I hope their loyalty is rewarded with promotion, it deserves to be.
“I am very excited to take on this role with the FA. At the grassroots 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.”
Current FA chairman David Bernstein said: “I would like to congratulate Greg Dyke on his nomination to succeed me in July as FA Chairman. 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.
“We have an excellent staff at the FA and I know that Greg is looking forward to working with them.”