Greg Dyke seeks Football Association reforms

Published: Wednesday 17th February 2016 by The News Editor

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Greg Dyke hopes to push through Football Association reforms in what would be one of his final acts as chairman.

The 68-year-old is scheduled to stand down from his position in the summer after deciding against pursuing re-election at the end of his four-year term in the belief his proposals for reform will be strongly opposed.

Dyke’s proposals, which have been approved by a majority of the FA Board, are to be discussed on Wednesday at Wembley.

No decisions are to be immediately taken as the board will again discuss what is said at the FA Council meeting and a final vote will be taken on May 18.

“This isn’t the day it will all be decided,” Dyke told Sky Sports News.

“What the board wants to achieve is to change the make-up of the council particularly so that it more accurately reflects society in the second decade of the 21st century.

Dyke is referring to the FA Council’s 123 members of which only six are female and four are from black and minority ethnic backgrounds, and where the average age is in the mid-60s.

The FA chairman also wishes to restrict the number of years a council member can serve to a maximum of three three-year terms, effectively ending the present circumstances that mean one has remained in place since the 1960s.

Dyke believes the long-term structure and processes have prevented progress.

In his vision, a new council would have the authority to drive a long-term strategy, oversee the appointment of the FA chairman, and set the organisation’s annual budget.

The shareholding structure would be replaced by majority votes on the council, whose members should represent a football organisation.

Dyke also wants membership from fans’ groups, women’s football, referees, managers, players, coaches and across educations sectors, and for those who lose their positions, either through completing their three three-year terms or not being directly elected by football organisations, to transfer to a council of honour.

There they would retain their privileges to England and FA Cup fixtures.

That Dyke’s predecessor David Bernstein similarly sought reform but was ousted by the council says much about the their opposition to change.

“It will not be that big a day for the FA as no decisions will be made (on Wednesday),” he added, with the board also expected to discuss who they will support in next week’s FIFA presidential election.

Dyke has been critical of Sheik Salman Bin Ibrahim Al Khalifa, but denied the FA have agreed to support Gianni Infantino.

“What’s happened is that the board has come up with proposals for change,” he said.

“The council are now going to discuss them and the board will go back and discuss what the council has said.”

Published: Wednesday 17th February 2016 by The News Editor

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