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New FA chief targets 2022 World Cup glory

New Football Association chief executive Martin Glenn has claimed England winning the World Cup in 2022 is not a "pie-in-the-sky" hope.

Martin Glenn believes England can win the 2022 World Cup. Credit: theFA.com

Glenn started in his new job on Monday and said he supported FA chairman Greg Dyke's target of England winning the men's World Cup in 2022 - which is being held in Qatar - and the women's tournament a year later.

He told www.thefa.com:

Winning the World Cup in 2022 is not a pie-in-the-sky hope. It is the kind of ambition that should catalyse all ambitions to do things a bit differently.

Because let's face it - doing the same thing, after 49 years of not winning anything - might suggest the definition of madness.

– FA chief executive Martin Glenn

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FA to back Prince Ali in Fifa presidency race

Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein is looking to become Fifa president. Credit: PA

The Football Association are set to throw their support behind Jordanian Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein in the Fifa presidency race.

Greg Dyke is understood to have offered support to the reformist Prince Ali, who will aim to oust Sepp Blatter.

It is expected that the FA will formally announce the decision after an upcoming board meeting.

Dutch FA president Michael van Praag - a strong Blatter critic - will also stand, but as he already has the minimum five supporting votes, the FA feel the more reformist candidates who run, the better.

FA 'making headway' in challenge to improve opportunities for black coaches

English Football is "making headway" in its attempts to improve opportunities for black coaches, the Football Association believes.

Rabbatts is seeing signs of progress. Credit: PA

Heather Rabbatts, the FA's diversity chief, made the observation after chairing a meeting between football authorities and campaign groups aimed at addressing the low numbers of black and minority ethnic (BAME) individuals in coaching or administrative positions.

There is now a clear programme of change which all the football authorities are working to. At its heart it is about ending the 'closed system' which has characterised football for so long.

The 'On Board' governance training programme supported by the FA and the PFA is now placing senior ex-BAME players on to boards to develop their experience to promote representation at the highest level of governance.

We're making headway on the coaching front too. On developing BAME coaches and managers both the FA and Premier League have schemes in place which will provide places for black coaches to gain elite experience and the Football League is developing its own proposals which it will take to its meeting in June.

– FA diversity chief Heather Rabbatts
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