Dyke for FA

Greg-DykeThe UK’s Football Association has unanimously approved the nomination for Greg Dyke to be appointed Independent FA Chairman.

Dyke, 65, 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. The appointment will take effect from July.

Dyke has worked as Director General of the BBC and Managing Director of London Weekend Television.  He was a director of Manchester United in the late nineties and since 2006 he has been non-executive Chairman of Brentford Football Club, the team he supported as a boy.  He will relinquish this role at the end of the season to take up his new post at The FA.

Greg Dyke said: “Football has always been a big part of my life …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 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 both the British Film Institute and Europe’s largest theatre group ATG, 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 has been Chancellor of the University of York since 2004.

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