Liam Rosenior one of panel named to appoint new FA chair

In a statement the FA said the role will be advertised in early December and remain open for four weeks before the shortlisting process begins. The intention is to complete the recruitment process and make an appointment by spring 2021

Liam Rosenior is a coach at Derby
Image: Derby caretaker manager Liam Rosenior was named as a new member of The FA’s Inclusion Advisory Board in May 2020

Derby caretaker manager Liam Rosenior has been named as part of a six-person panel tasked with appointing a new FA chairman following the resignation of Greg Clarke.

The FA Board has set up the panel, which includes three members who are independent from The FA, to oversee the process and to identify the candidate "who has the necessary character, skills and experience to be successful in the role."

Aside from Rosenior (independent) who sits on The FA's Inclusion Advisory Board, the members of the panel are: Stacey Cartwright (panel chair and independent), Peter McCormick (interim FA Chair), Rupinder Bains (FA Board), Jack Pierce (FA Board) and Kate Tinsley (independent).

In a statement the FA said the role will be advertised in early December and remain open for four weeks before the shortlisting process begins. The intention is to complete the recruitment process and make an appointment by Spring 2021.

On being selected to sit on the panel, Rosenior said: "It's an absolute honour to be asked to be part of the panel to recruit the new Chair of the Football Association.

"I am truly humbled and really looking forward to being involved in making an appointment that is so important to our game."

 Stacey Cartwright, the selection panel's independent chair, will have the casting vote should the six-person panel ever reach a 3-3 decision on a candidate.
Image: Stacey Cartwright, the selection panel's independent chair, will have the casting vote should the six-person panel ever reach a 3-3 decision on a candidate.

Panel chair and Independent Non-Executive Director for The FA Stacey Cartwright said: "I'm incredibly proud to lead the selection panel for the new Chair of the Football Association. I believe we have selected a panel that reflects the modern-day FA and the wider game.

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"This is a pivotal moment for the organisation as we search to find the best person to help to continue to drive The FA forward."

Greg Clarke resigned from his role as FA Chairman nine days ago after referring to black footballers as "coloured" while giving evidence to MPs.

Greg Clarke suggested the lack of South Asians and Afro-Caribbean people in the game was down to the fact they had 'different career interests' such as IT.
Image: Greg Clarke resigned as FA Chairman nine days ago

Sports Minister Nigel Huddleston is encouraged by the FA's approach to their recruitment process: "I've spoken to the FA a couple of times over the last week," Huddleston told Sky Sports News.

"I know that what they're doing is the right thing, by casting the net very wide in terms of potential applicants.

"That means considering a very diverse range of potential applicants. We need to make sure they have the right skills but, actually, I think they are making the right efforts to see a much more diverse range of applicants than, perhaps, in the past."

Following the announcement, FA Chief Executive Mark Bullingham spoke to Sky Sports News.

He said: "Greg's comments were damaging for us and I want to be very clear that his comments in no way reflect our views as an organisation. I was very surprised because in no way did those views, or those words, reflect anything I'd heard him say before or reflect anything we stand for as an organisation.

Former FA chairman Greg Clarke before an International Friendly at Wembley Stadium in 2018 0:48
FA chief executive Mark Bullingham was surprised at the words used by Greg Clarke and says it doesn't reflect the views of the FA,

"We're looking for someone who will be a brilliant ambassador for us, both domestically and internationally. Someone who is equally at home meeting people in an under-10s tournament or walking the corridors of power at FIFA. We need someone to run the board effectively. We're a £450m organisation, with 760 people, and there's a level of complexity with that."

"We wanted people that can represent all areas of the game [on selection panel]. We felt it was really important to have an ex-player on there and Liam [Rosenior] is obviously a key member of our Inclusion Advisory Board. As an ex-player and a coach, we felt that he could cover those areas for us very well. We then have representatives that cover all the other areas of the game."

Derby coach Liam Rosenior 1:02
The FA has set up a six-person panel to appoint a new chairman - which includes Derby caretaker manager Liam Rosenior.

Bullingham would not confirm whether the FA's Paul Elliott will be a candidate for the role.

Asked whether the next FA Chair could be a former player, Bullingham replied: "I wouldn't rule anyone out at this stage. Anyone is able to apply. But when you look at the qualities we want, running the board very well, it might be hard for someone who hasn't done it before. Some footballers might have operated in that environment, but some might not."

He said: "We are absolutely committed to getting a diverse shortlist and then picking the best candidate from that shortlist. We're confident that we can do that. There have been some brilliant candidates that have already been in touch through various recruitment agencies."

Bullingham confirmed Stacey Cartwright, the selection panel's independent chair, will have the casting vote should the six-person panel ever reach a 3-3 decision on a candidate.

The panel's recommendation will be made to the FA Board before it is presented for approval by the ruling FA Council.

Former FA chiefs David Bernstein and Greg Dyke told Sky Sports News they had serious reservations about the FA's ability to reform.

Bullingham does not believe there should be an independent regulator and responded: "The FA has changed substantially since either of those people were involved. We've made a huge amount of progress over the last few years and our board is very different and we're continuing to drive change throughout the organisation. I'm confident that we are really making great progress."

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