The following people are all highly powerful and influential individuals in British football – some are household names, but others might be a little more hidden from the public eye.
The man who won 13 Premier League titles while manager of Manchester United has become one of the most influential figures in the British game. At Old Trafford, there was often an aura surrounding his presence, and he is treated with respect almost universally.
It is often said that the Premier League runs English football rather than the FA, and under Richard Scudamore’s guidance it has become the most watched league in the world. He has also brought about sponsorship deals worth billions and pounds during his time as the top-flight’s chief executive.
Since taking ownership of Chelsea in 2003, Abramovich has turned the club into a footballing powerhouse. He has sacked manager after manager, but his presence has brought a plethora of trophies and some of the world’s best players.
The new chairman of the FA has made an early impact, and he is now in control of the operations of English football, tasked with helping the national team become a major global force.
The Arsenal boss has had a huge influence on English football throughout his 17 years in North London, with his revolutionary style of football. He also has near total control of Arsenal’s transfer dealings.
Recently retired Beckham has long been as much a celebrity as a footballer. He has a huge global status, immense wealth, and after ending a career in which he gained over 100 England caps, he now looks set to own an MLS team in the United States.
From the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Mansour and his private consortium has turned Manchester City into one of the strongest sides in Europe, with his riches having attracted many of the world’s top players.
Throughout the Premier League era, Rupert Murdoch’s broadcasting company, Sky Sports, has pumped billions of pounds into English football. Currently run by Barney Francis, they often have the final say now over the scheduling of matches.
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