Former BBC director general Greg Dyke is set to become the new chairman of the Football Association, the English game's governing body announced today.
The 65-year-old is in line to succeed David Bernstein when the current chairman steps down in July after the FA refused to alter a rule requiring the holder of the post to quit at the age of 70. Now the appointment of Dyke is subject to the approval of the FA council.
A lifelong football fan and the current chairman of west London side Brentford, currently second in England's third tier League One, Dyke previously had business experience of the game when buying sports rights on behalf of both commercial broadcaster ITV and the BBC, Britain's two main terrestrial networks.
During the 1990s, he was also a director of English giants Manchester United. Dyke, subject to his appointment being approved, will step down from his Brentford role in July. An FA statement Wednesday said: "The Football Association Board has today unanimously approved the nomination for Greg Dyke to be appointed independent FA chairman."
Dyke said: "I am very excited to take on this role with the FA. At the grass roots seven million people play football every weekend, women's football is booming and the ambition is for it to be the second-biggest team participation sport in England behind only the men's game, we have the best known, most successful league in the world with the Premier League and the Football League is so much stronger than it was eight years or nine ago.
"Having said that I am a big supporter of financial fair play which, in both the Premier League and the Football League, will have a big impact and hopefully bring a degree of financial sanity to the professional game. I do see one of the most important tasks for the FA is, over time, to make thoughtful changes which will benefit the England team," he said.