Dyke to succeed Bernstein as FA chairman

The FA has appointed the current chairman of Brentford, Greg Dyke, as the man to succeed David Bernstein. Dyke will take up his new position when Bernstein steps down in the summer, says the Daily Telegraph.

The 65-year-old is a familiar face in the British broadcasting television industry. He was the director-general of the BBC for four years at the start of the last decade.

His role with the corporation ended over his handling of the dossiers on the start of the war in Iraq in 2003. Dyke resigned following severe criticism in the Hutton inquiry’s findings over claims the Tony Blair administration had ‘sexed-up’ intelligence reports ahead of the invasion a decade ago.

On his appointment, Dyke said: “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 ago.

Dyke is also accredited with introducing the famous children’s character Roland Rat to TV-AM, and was the first chairman of Channel 5 when the station launched in March 1997. His football credits also include serving as a non-executive director of Manchester United in the late 1990s.

Bernstein has held the role since Lord Triesman’s short tenure ended in 2010.

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