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Greg Dyke announced as new FA Chairman

Former Man United director Dyke voted as new FA chairman, replacing outgoing Bernstein

By
Charles Sale

PUBLISHED:

11:30 GMT, 21 March 2013

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UPDATED:

11:54 GMT, 21 March 2013

Former Manchester United director and TV mogul Greg Dyke has been voted through as the next FA chairman, replacing the outgoing incumbent David Bernstein.

Dyke, 65, will replace Bernstein when he leaves the post after two-and-a-half years in July – and takes the helm from Saturday July 13.

Dyke told the FA website: '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.

Main man: Former United director Dyke will take the helm at the FA

Main man: Former United director Dyke will take the helm at the FA

'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 still turn out to play six-a-side some Thursday evenings although at my age I seem to spend more time injured than playing.

'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.

Game over: Bernstein's (left) tenure at the FA will soon come to an end

Game over: Bernstein's (left) tenure at the FA will soon come to an end

'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.'

The FA said in a statement: 'The Football Association Board has today 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 Saturday, July 13.

Football man: Dyke's local team while growing up was Brentford

Football man: Dyke's local team while growing up was Brentford – where he became non-executive chairman in 2006

Football man: Dyke's local team while growing up was Brentford

'This 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.

'In a high-profile broadcasting industry career, Dyke has worked as director general of the BBC and managing director of London Weekend Television.

'Dyke has had a long background in football. 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.'

Red alert: United director Gill (seen with Dyke) is also on the FA board

Red alert: United director Gill (seen with Dyke) is also on the FA board

Harry Redknapp to be Match of the Day pundit

Former Spurs boss Redknapp swaps touchline for place on Match of the Day sofa

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UPDATED:

10:02 GMT, 17 August 2012

Wasn't he supposed to be the England manager

It's certainly been an incredible year already for Harry Redknapp, and the next step is a regular place on the Match of the Day sofa.

Redknapp, who left as Tottenham boss at the end of last season, will appear on football's fabled programme over the coming months.

Taking an interest: Redknapp watches Bournemouth play Reading in a pre-season friendly earlier this month

Taking an interest: Redknapp watches Bournemouth play Reading in a pre-season friendly earlier this month

It seemed at one time that Redknapp might replace Fabio Capello as England manager, but the job went to Roy Hodgson instead.

Redknapp was expected to work for the BBC during Euro 2012, but pulled out just before the tournament.

Mick McCarthy, who has been used by the BBC at big international tournaments in the past, will also be airing his views on Saturday and Sunday nights.

New direction: Redknapp was Spurs manager last season

New direction: Redknapp was Spurs manager last season

As for the top team Well, there's no change there.

Gary Lineker will present the Saturday version of the show, with Colin Murray the front man on Sunday evenings.

The two top pundits are Alan Hansen and Alan Shearer. It's safe to say we'll be hearing the words 'shocking defending' more than once or twice.

The BBC came under fire from many fans in the summer for their laborious coverage of Euro 2012. It isn't often that ITV win nearly all the plaudits during a big event.

All eyes will be on the BBC once again in the new domestic season, to see if they can provide viewers with something a little more inspired.

Blackburn fans could face action, say club, over friendly cancellation

Rovers threaten action against fans who forced cancellation of pre-season friendly

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UPDATED:

17:44 GMT, 5 August 2012

Blackburn operations director Paul Agnew refused to rule out the npower Championship club taking action against supporters involved in violence that resulted Sunday afternoon's proposed friendly against NEC Nijmegen being cancelled.

Police and local authorities in Nijmegen took the decision after intelligence emerged via social networking sites suggesting there would be a repeat of unsavoury scenes involving Rovers fans in Holland over the previous two evenings.

There were clashes in Deventer on Friday night after Steve Kean's men went down 4-2 to Go Ahead Eagles and incidents with Blackburn and NEC followers occurred in Nijmegen last night.

Cancelled: Danny Murphy's will not lead Blackburn out in Holland amid fan violence

Cancelled: Danny Murphy's will not lead Blackburn out in Holland amid fan violence

Sunday's game was due to run
alongside a fans' open day at NEC's Gofferstadion, and with 8,000
visitors, including families and children, expected a cancellation was
chosen as the best course of action.

'I was at the game on Friday and we
heard there'd been a minor, minor disturbance between the two sets of
fans,' Agnew said. 'On the back of that the authorities, including the
police, decided to have a meeting ahead of this game at NEC.

'They had intelligence overnight on
the Saturday to suggest there'd been some social networking messages
both ways (and) that there could be potential violence.'

Agnew stated Blackburn would not rush
into any action against those involved without having full possession
of the facts, but claimed this was uncharted territory for a club with
an unblemished record from previous European trips.

'It's too early to say,' he said
regarding possible sanctions. 'We always take advice off the police and
authorities, who have a much better handle on these things and report
back to us.

Change of plans: Blackburn releases a club statement to admit their disappointment

Change of plans: Blackburn releases a club statement to admit their disappointment

'We've never put the blinkers on for
this sort of thing. If something official came back then obviously we
would act accordingly.

'It's something new to us. We've been in the UEFA Cup four times in the last 10 years and never had any problems before.

'We've got a very good record of fans
travelling abroad. It's a great shame because a number of our fans will
have paid money and taken time to come to these games over the weekend
and I feel very sorry for them.'

An earlier police statement appeared
to suggest Friday and Saturday's clashes occurred in Deventer, but
Sandra Bronkhorst, spokesperson for the deputy major of Nijmegen,
offered clarification that the second incident took place in Nijmegen.

Bronkhorst also claimed NEC fans may
have instigated Saturday night's events, although Agnew later said both
sides were reluctant to apportion blame for an unfortunate situation.

She said: 'We heard from the police
(after) there was a Blackburn match against Go Ahead Eagles on Friday
night and some supporters got in some incidents in the city of Deventer.

Protests: There were often ugly scenes at Ewood Park through last season

Protests: There were often ugly scenes at Ewood Park through last season

'Yesterday night a group of around 80
supporters of Blackburn Rovers got into a fight with some 30 NEC
supporters in our city – probably caused by the Nijmegen supporters and
not by the English.

'The police had some information that both the English and the Dutch supporters had threatened another confrontation today.

'With 8,000 people in the park, a lot
of families and kids, and a big threat of another confrontation between
the hooligans meant the mayor and Nijmegen and the police decided
that's not a good combination so we had to cancel the game for today.'

Asked whether English clubs would be
welcome for friendly matches in future, Bronkhorst said judgements would
be made on a case-by-case basis.

She added: 'I guess that's too early
to say now . Before we didn't have an information that this would cause
trouble because normally the open days of NEC Nijmegen are really
friendly.

'We are not used to any incidents in
the city. This is the first time we've had to decide on the day itself,
so I think it's too early to say and it depends on which information
will be present at other matches.'