New FA chief Dyke vows to give kids fair Premier League chance

FORMER BBC director general Greg Dyke has vowed to give more English youngsters their chance in the Premier League, after he was named as the next Football Association chairman yesterday.

Dyke, currently non-executive chairman at League One club Brentford, will succeed David Bernstein, who must stand down when he turns 70 in May, subject to approval by the FA Council.

The 65-year-old hopes that financial fair play rules will bring “a degree of sanity” to the English game and wants to see the country’s best young talent better represented in the top flight.

“One of the most important tasks for the FA is to make thoughtful changes which will benefit the England team,” said Dyke.

“The FA have made a great start by rebuilding Wembley and developing great facilities at St George’s Park but it’s essential the FA finds a way to ensure more talented young English footballers get their chance in the professional game at the highest level.”

Dyke, who was previously a director at Manchester United, will relinquish his role with the Bees at the end of the season.

DYKE’S DIARY

Past
■ Introduced Roland Rat to TV screens when managing director of LWT. Director general at the BBC, resigned after release of Hutton report. Director at Manchester United

Present
■ Non-executive chairman of Brentford. Chairman of the British Film Institute. Chancellor of University of York