Infighting is undermining our World Cup bid, admits Brady

KARREN BRADY last night revealed the acrimony surrounding England&rsquo;s 2018 World Cup campaign, insisting the country&rsquo;s hopes of staging the event is being undermined by &ldquo;bickering and infighting&rdquo; at board level.<br /><br />The former Birmingham City director was one of six board members to stand down a fortnight ago, while influential Premier League chairman Sir Dave Richards followed suit on Tuesday.<br /><br />Brady, 40, is now the leader of an advisory panel to the World Cup bid committee, but revealed her concerns that the internal politics at board level could hinder England&rsquo;s chances. <br /><br />&ldquo;There&rsquo;s been bickering, infighting and disruption,&rdquo; she admitted.<br /><br />&ldquo;If everybody doesn&rsquo;t pull together for the same aim, things won&rsquo;t be achieved. We&rsquo;ve got an excellent chance and an excellent technical bid.<br /><br />&ldquo;We&rsquo;ve got some wonderful stadia in this country to host the most amazing World Cup. <br /><br />&ldquo;But internal politics can&rsquo;t be seen to be getting in the way of that.&rdquo;<br /><br />Asked if the bid had been a shambles, Brady added: &ldquo;From the outside looking in, that&rsquo;s probably fair comment.&rdquo;<br /><br />Brady joined the likes of Manchester United chief David Gill, Sports Minister Gerry Sutcliffe and Sir Keith Mills in standing down from the board on 12 November as part of a streamlining process, which coincided with former FA chairman Geoff Thompson joining the board.<br /><br />Richards&rsquo; departure was another embarrassment for bid boss Lord Triesman ahead of his high-profile visit to South Africa, but Brady was quick to deny claims that his resignation was done in the hope of ousting Triesman.<br /><br />&ldquo;I know Dave well enough to know that if that was his aim, he would have come out and said it,&rdquo; she added. &ldquo;Sitting on 2018 is an extremely time-consuming role. Now the committee has been streamlined they want people to be more involved, not less.&rdquo;