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LONDON – Jewish businessman David Bernstein is set to replace David
Triesman as chairman of the English Football Association next month after his
nomination was unanimously approved by the organization’s board on
The appointment of the 67-year-old Bernstein, who was chairman
of Manchester City for five years and has sat on the boards of major companies
including French Connection and Ted Baker, is scheduled to be endorsed by the FA
council on January 25.
“It is a tremendous challenge but I look forward
to working with the board, the staff at the FA and everyone in football from
local playing fields to Wembley and the international stage,” Bernstein
Former Arsenal vice-chairman David Dein, also a Jew, had been
considered by sections of the British media to be the favorite to succeed
But the FA board chose another man with a strong background in
business, unlike Triesman, who was an ex-government minister.
resigned from the position in May after being recorded in a newspaper sting
making allegations that Spain and Russia were colluding to bribe referees at the
2010 World Cup.
Roger Burden was hired as acting chairman and was
expected to apply for the role on a permanent basis before he withdrew his
candidacy this month. He said he couldn’t trust FIFA following its decision to
award Russia the 2018 World Cup ahead of England.
Burden said the FA
board was confident Bernstein will be “an excellent choice as
“I have worked with David for some years and have always been
impressed by his professionalism and integrity,” Burden said. “We look forward
to working with David to take the FA forward in the best interests of football
at all levels across the country.”
During his nine years on City’s board,
Bernstein led the negotiations which secured the lease for a new stadium for the
club at Eastlands. He has been chairman of Wembley stadium since
Bernstein will have a key role in the appointment of the successor
to England coach Fabio Capello, who is set to stand down in 2012 when his
Other tasks will be to drive through work on the
National Football Center in the central English town of Burton and improve
relations with world governing body FIFA, which were strained in the run-up to –
and in the aftermath of – the voting for the hosting rights for the 2018 World