BRENTFORD FC’s chairman Greg Dyke is to become the head of the Football Association (FA) it has been announced today (Thursday).
The 65-year-old, will be stepping down from his Board of Director's role with the Bees at the end of the current season in May - having been in the hot seat since 2006. He will succeed David Bernstein at the FA who will be leaving once he turns 70 in July after two-and-a-half years of being in charge.
Mr Dyke’s appointment follows a recruitment process led by FA Independent Director Roger Devlin (Chairman of the Nominations Committee) with fellow board members Roger Burden and Keith Lamb. The decision was unanimously approved by the board and will take effect provided the FA Council agrees as well.
Speaking following the announcement he said: "I am very excited to take on this role with The FA. Football has always been a big part of my life whether playing 11-a-side on Sunday mornings or six-a-side on Thursday evenings. Obviously as Chairman of The FA it is imperative that I am neutral so that means giving up my current role as Chairman of Brentford which I will miss.
"However I shall be staying on until the end of the season. As I leave I would like to pay tribute to everyone at Brentford, the staff, the players and manager and particularly the fans. I hope their loyalty is rewarded with promotion, it deserves to be."
In a high profile broadcasting industry career, Mr 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 1990 and was appointed non-executive Chairman of Brentford in 2006.
Speaking about his successor Mr Bernstein said: “I would like to congratulate Greg Dyke on his nomination to succeed me in July as FA Chairman. I wish him every success in this stimulating but demanding role. I will ensure that the handover is dealt with efficiently to help in maintaining the stability that has been achieved by The FA since 2010."
Following today’s FA Board meeting at Wembley, Chairman of the Nominations Committee Mr Devlin said: “We have every confidence we have got the right appointment in Greg Dyke. He has an outstanding understanding of football, strong relationships across the industry and Government, while retaining a great empathy for the game.
"I am confident that Greg will be a successful Chairman, who will lead The FA from the front and be respected by the football community. We have an excellent staff at The FA and I know that Greg is looking forward to working with them.”
Mr Dyke lived at Cerne Close, Hayes, before moving to Cedars Drive, Hillingdon aged nine, attending Yeading Primary Scool and then Hayes Grammar, which became Hayes Manor in 1974, and later Rosedale College.
He was a trainee reporter at the now-defunct Hillingdon Mirror, before moving into broadcast journalism.