Greg Dyke Will Not Seek Re-Election as FA Chairman: Latest Comments and Reaction

Christopher SimpsonFeatured ColumnistJanuary 28, 2016

Greg Dyke, Chairman of the English Football Association, talks to the media at the Royal garden Hotel in London Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
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Football Association chairman Greg Dyke will not be pursuing re-election for another term in July, as revealed on Thursday.

Martyn Ziegler of the Press Association broke the news on Twitter:

The FA shared Dyke's statement in full on their official website:

As you know, in early January I announced I would stand as Chairman of The FA for a further year although I wasn’t certain this was the right decision for either The FA or me.

During January, however, as work on options for governance reform crystalised it became clear to all of us that there wouldn’t be a unanimous position on governance reform in the Board.

What now appears to be the case is that there is a majority position on the Board for much needed significant reform. I fully support this but I recognise it is going to be a fight to get through The FA Council.

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.

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.

This is not the time for me to tell you what I think has been achieved in my time at The FA but we are in a dramatically better financial position and I believe we have a much stronger executive team, we have a bold plan to build many more all-weather pitches, we have radically changed the coaching education structure and have massively increased investment behind the England teams. 

We have also raised the all-important question of giving more young English players a chance to play at the top level in this country. All this and we still have a strong balance sheet.

However, whichever way the vote goes on reform, I think The FA will need more of a conciliatory figure than me to build on what has been achieved.

So having said all that you’ve probably guessed what I intend to say.  I have changed my mind about standing for a final year in the summer but I will devote my time in the coming months to press for acceptance of the Board’s much needed, long overdue reform programme.

BBC Sport's Richard Conway and the Guardian's Owen Gibson explained his reasoning:

Paul Kelso of Sky News summed up Dyke's reign in charge and noted it did not quite reach its lofty ambitions:

Rob Harris of the Associated Press and sports journalist Francis Keogh reiterated that position:

Fellow journalists Peter McKinney and Neil Cameron pulled no punches in their own assessment of his tenure:

Dyke caused controversy in the draw for the 2014 FIFA World Cup by appearing to make a throat-cutting gesture as England were pitted against Uruguay, Italy and Costa Rica, but Ziegler reflected kindly on the incident:

The 68-year-old was formerly the chairman of Brentford prior to taking over from David Bernstein at the FA in July 2013 and was director general of the BBC from 2000 to 2004.