Arsenal fan will replace Barwick

English FA appoint new chief executive

February 18, 2009

The Football Association have confirmed Ian Watmore is to be their new chief executive.

A three-man short-list of candidates were interviewed to become Brian Barwick's successor yesterday, after which 50-year-old Watmore was offered the job.

Like chairman Lord Triesman, Watmore, a lifelong Arsenal fan, has a recent background in Government.

However, before that he has 24 years' of experience in the IT industry.

Watmore will not start his new job until June once he leaves his post as Permanent Secretary for the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills.

"I am delighted to be joining The Football Association as chief executive," said Watmore.

"It is a great challenge and one I am really looking forward to.

"With Lord Triesman and the (FA) Board, Fabio Capello and the FA's staff, I want to ensure we are achieving success on and off the pitch across all levels of the game."