English FA Boss To Step Down At End Of Season


Martin Glenn, England’s Football Association chief executive will leave his position at the end of the 2018-19 season, after four years in charge.

The FA said Glenn was leaving, having “delivered much of what he came to do”.

In a statement, the football association credited him with creating the “culture around St George’s Park and the England teams which has led to an unprecedented period of success”.

FA chairman, Greg Clarke, said Glenn is leaving an organization that is “fit for purpose, more diverse, internationally respected and ready to progress to the next level”.

“On behalf of the board of the FA, I would like to thank Martin for building and leading a senior management team that has transformed our organisation,” Clarke said.

“His integrity, commitment, energy and passion for football has underpinned the improvements on and off the pitch. The resulting commercial success has funded hugely significant change in the women’s game, St George’s Park, the FA Cup and the national teams.

“I and the organisation will miss his effective, principled and compassionate leadership and wish him well.”

Glenn said it had been a “huge honour and a privilege” to lead the FA.

“I will leave feeling proud of the success of the performance of all the England teams,” he added.

“I am confident that we have established in St George’s Park a world-class centre, which will ensure that the teams will continue to build on their current successes.”

Since Glenn took charge in 2015, England’s men’s and women’s teams have both reached a World Cup semi-final, while the men’s Under-17 and Under-20 teams both won their age-group World Cups.

He also oversaw a revamp of the English football fixture schedule, with a winter break to be introduced from next season. The FA boss has also led the FA’s attempts to increase diversity, both at the organization and in wider football,

During his four years in charge, the FA’s revenue reportedly increased by 40%, which allowed the organisation to invest a record £127 million into the game for the financial year ending July 31, 2017.

However, Glenn, a former CEO of United Biscuit, has attracted criticism for comments and had to deal with controversies during his tenure.

In March, he was forced to apologize, after comparing Isreal’s Star of David with symbols such as the Nazi swastika.

He supported the failed sale of Wembley Stadium, which fell through when Fulham owner, Shahid Khan withdrew his offer.

He also had to manage the fallout from Mark Sampson’s dismissal as England women’s manager in 2017, after evidence of “inappropriate and unacceptable” behaviour with female players in a previous role emerged.

Glenn also oversaw Sam Allardice’s departure as England men’s manager.

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