Greg Dyke to be FA chairman

The Football Association Board has today approved the nomination for Greg Dyke to be appointed Independent FA Chairman.

Joey Barton: Greg Dyke is 'a gorgeous human being'

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Oh, great Greg Dyke is now appointed. That should help us close the enormous gulf between the English and a major tournament performance!

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Not having a go at Dyke, I bet he's a gorgeous human being. Its just that football needs football people right now.

Greg Dyke: Trainee M&S manager to FA Chairman

  • Greg Dyke was born in Hillingdon, London in 1947
  • He became the BBC’s Director-General in January 2000
  • He was forced to resign four years later in the aftermath of the Hutton inquiry
  • Dyke has previously worked as a trainee manager at Marks & Spencers, a local newspaper journalist and a TV researcher
  • He has had successful spells in charge of TV-am, LWT and Pearson

The 65-year-old has a long background in Football including spells as director of Manchester United in the late 90s and as non-executive chairman of Brentford Football Club

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Greg Dyke: Football 'big part of my life'

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. 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.

– GREG DYKE