England national team

FA to retain overall power as Club England role clarified

August 19, 2010

The English Football Association will continue to have overall ultimate responsibility for major issues concerning the national team after confirmation of the role of Club England was discussed at a board meeting on Thursday.

Franco Baldini, Fabio Capello, Dave Richards
GettyImagesSir Dave Richards (R) is the chairman of Club England

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Club England was created by former chief executive Ian Watmore to establish a single division to be responsible for all issues regarding the national teams, setting objectives to deliver success.

The FA's former director of communications Adrian Bevington was appointed managing director, with Sir Dave Richards becoming chairman after Lord Triesman resigned his position at the governing body in May.

The handling of Fabio Capello's new contract on the eve of the World Cup and the decision to retain the Italian following the disappointing display in South Africa have increased the attention on the remit of Club England and the position of the FA board in relation to national-team matters.

While managers continue to report initially to the board of Club England, which overseas all operational issues, it has been made clear the FA board continues to hold the overall responsibility for major decisions, as it does throughout the organisation.

Meanwhile, the FA have formalised the process for the search for a new permanent chairman to replace Lord Triesman.

At an emergency general meeting in October, it will be recommended that while the position will still be independent, the need for candidates to be independent of any involvement in football for 12 months before taking the post is set to be removed.

The process of selecting an executive search organisation has already started and will be ready to implement immediately after the EGM, with a new chairman expected to be in place by the start of next year.