Lord Sugar ready for FA chairman role and has sights set on major reforms

LORD Sugar has thrown his hat into the ring as a potential successor to Lord Triesman as chairman of the Football Association.

Entrepreneur Sugar, who spent 10 years as chairman of Tottenham until 2001, said it would be a “great honour” to head up the FA, which is currently without both a permanent chairman and chief executive.

“The FA is a great organisation,” said the star of television’s The Apprentice.

“It would be a great honour to try to assist but, of course, that’s totally in the hands of whoever makes those decisions now. I should imagine the post would be advertised and I’d be quite interested – it would be quite a challenge.”

Triesman bowed to pressure to resign on Sunday after a newspaper published covert recordings in which he allegedly suggested Spain and Russia were plotting to bribe referees at this summer’s World Cup.

His departure came just two months after chief executive Ian Watmore suddenly quit, after he was said to have become frustrated at the organisation’s internal politics.

Sugar added: “I’ve long thought there needs to be a reform in the constitution of the FA.

“Some of the rules go back a very long time – some very good rules but I don’t think they have changed with the times. The rules create financial problems for the clubs.”