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Greg Dyke to leave post as FA chairman after facing opposition to reform

Greg Dyke will stand down as chairman of the Football Association in the summer after deciding Authentic Prada Bag For Sale Ph not to seek re-election at the end of his four-year term, amid a bruising battle over long overdue reform of the organisation.

The former BBC director general, who has set a target of England winning the 2022 World Cup but struggled to make progress on the issue of increasing the proportion of homegrown players in the top flight, announced his decision to the FA board on Thursday.

Dyke had previously indicated he would seek to stay on in the summer for another 12 months until Authentic Prada Leather Handbag he reached 70 fake prada bags, the mandatory retirement age according to the FA’s rulebook. But he said his Authentic Prada Factory Outlet Online plan to reform the FA Council, reducing the influence of its myriad committees and making the much-derided battalion of blazers a more diverse and representative body, would make it impossible for him to stay.

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Instead, he will devote his final months to pressing for the “much needed, long overdue reform programme” unencumbered by the need to lobby over his own Black Prada Eyeglass Case future.

The decision is an implicit admission that the Council would Authentic Prada Handbag Uk be unlikely to endorse another term at a time when he is trying to reform it.

Dyke’s reform plans have been backed by a majority on the FA board, though not unanimously, and will now go before a meeting of the Council on 17 February. Dyke said that, whichever way the vote goes, it would require a “more conciliatory figure to build on what has been achieved”.

Ever since an independent report by Lord Burns recommended urgent change a decade ago, there have been consistent Authentic Prada Nylon Messenger Bag calls for reform of the Council but both Lord Triesman and David Bernstein left Wembley without pushing it through.

“I had already decided that if no reform was possible I was going to leave anyway this summer, a position I had shared with a number of colleagues,” said Dyke.

“What I now see is that even if we get the reform through, which will be a difficult and divisive process although essential, I am probably not the best person to pick up the pieces following the inevitable discord.”

The outspoken Dyke, who led the charge against the Fifa president Sepp Blatter as world football’s corruption crisis snowballed, hit the headlines at the 2014 World Cup draw when he jokingly drew his finger across his throat when England were drawn in a “group of death”.

But his gesture proved prescient as Roy Hodgson’s side exited after only two group games, with Dyke taking the decision to retain the manager’s services regardless.

Dyke arguably squandered early momentum by spending too long on the first part his FA Chairman’s Commission, leading to a debilitating row over a lack of diversity on the panel and familiar clashes with the professional game over proposals that included the introduction of B-teams.

The second part of that exercise, which recommended greater investment in 30 new 3G hubs across Agatha Ruiz Dela Prada Shoes Uk the country and an increased focus on coaching, may yet prove more successful.Dyke, who will remain in post until after Euro 2016 when the search for his successor will begin, said he would leave behind a stronger executive team, a “dramatically better financial position” and a “bold plan to build many more all-weather pitches”.

Under Martin Glenn, the chief executive appointed by Dyke, the FA is engaged in a £30m cost cutting plan Authentic Prada Gauffre Bag that has led to 100 redundancies as it seeks to release cash to reinvest in coaching positions.

The FA board also briefly discussed its nomination for the Fifa presidency. It is expected to back Uefa general secretary Gianni Infantino but insisted no decision had Amancio Prada Prada yet been made.

The FA was embarrassed last year when it effusively backed Michel Platini, only Agatha Ruiz Dela Prada E Shop for the then Uefa president to be suspended then banned for eight years over accepting a “disloyal payment” from Sepp Blatter.

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