DYKE BOWS TO THE UN­TOUCH­ABLES

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WHO will re­place Greg Dyke as FA Chair­man? Who cares? It’s not like they’ll be able to ac­com­plish any­thing.

The FA is an ar­chaic or­gan­i­sa­tion that be­longs to a dif­fer­ent cen­tury, where un­touch­able coun­cil­lors and com­mit­tee mem­bers can veto any­thing they want.

Gra­ham Tay­lor fa­mously re­alised that, as Eng­land manag- er, he was “less im­por­tant than the coun­cil mem­ber for Nor­fol”.

De­ci­sions are made at a snail’s pace, if at all.Pif­fling parochial con­cerns are al­lowed to ob­scure the greater good.

And, of course, any at­tempt at re­form is blocked in the in­ter­ests of self-preser­va­tion.

Like so many be­fore him, Dyke even­tu­ally grew tired of their soul- sap­ping in­tran­si­gence. His com­ment that the post re­quired a “more con­cil­ia­tory fig­ure” was an ad­mis­sion that only a meek yesman, will­ing to in­dulge the car­tel, could pos­si­bly rel­ish the role.

I’d say it’s not what we need, but it re­ally doesn’t mat­ter.

Un­til the power of the coun­cil can be di­luted or de­mol­ished,the job is noth­ing but cer­e­mo­nial.

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