FA appoint David Bernstein as new Chair
Former Manchester City chairman and David Bernstein has been nominated to take over as the new chairman of the Football Association.
The nomination was approved unanimously by the FA board on Wednesday and the FA Council will be asked to endorse the appointment on 25 January 2011.
“I am honoured to be asked to take on the role as chairman of the FA,” said Bernstein following the announcement.
During his nine years at Manchester City the club returned to the Premier League and Bernstein led the negotiations which saw them secure the lease for their new Eastlands stadium.
Since 2003 Bernstein, a chartered accountant, has also been a director of Wembley Stadium and has been chairman since 2008.
Bernstein also sits on the boards of several companies including French Connection – overseeing the controversial FCUK marketing campaign, Ted Baker and Blacks Leisure, where he has been chairman since 1996. He is also President of Kick It Out equality partners NADS (National Association of Disabled Supporters).
“It is a tremendous challenge but I look forward to working with the board, the staff at the FA and everyone in football from local playing fields to Wembley and the international stage,” added Bernstein.
“The FA kept the news extremely tight until the announcement and one senses a lot was at stake for them here.
Acting FA chairman Roger Burden, who withdrew as a candidate earlier this month following England’s failed bid for the 2018 World Cup on the grounds that he “could not trust Fifa”, said: “The board was united in its view that David would make an excellent choice as chairman of the organisation.
“I have worked with David for some years and have always been impressed by his professionalism and integrity.
“We look forward to working with David to take the FA forward in the best interests of football at all levels across the country.”
Bernstein’s first major tasks will be to drive forward work on the national football centre at Burton – now named St George’s Park, and implement a review of international player development carried out by FA general secretary Alex Horne and Sir Trevor Brooking.
“I very much look forward to working with David and together focusing on the priorities for the development of English football,” said Horne.
“We have a busy year ahead with work starting on St George’s Park, the launch of the Women’s Super League, England men’s and women’s teams competing in major competitions at a variety of age groups and a drive to implement the recommendations of our review into international player development.”