FA Appoint David Bernstein as New Chairman

December 22, 2010

The board of the Football Association nominated David Bernstein as the new chairman of the governing body on 22 December. Bernstein was formerly chairman at Manchester City for 5 years and was recommended by the nominations committee, chaired by Phil Gartside.

The committee’s nomination was approved in unanimous fashion by the board and the FA Council will endorse the appointment at its meeting on 25 January.

During Bernstein’s 9 year spell at City, 5 of which were as chairman, the 67-year-old saw the club promoted back into the English Premier League. Bernstein also led negotiations which delivered the club’s new City of Manchester Stadium.

He is a chartered accountant with a long career in business, sitting on the Boards of several public companies including the French Connection Group Plc, Ted Baker Plc and Blacks Leisure Plc, where he has been Chairman since 1996. Since 2003 he has been a Director of Wembley Stadium and has been Chairman since 2008. He is also President of the National Association of Disabled Supporters.

“The Board was united in its view that David would make an excellent choice as Chairman of the organisation.  I have worked with David for some years and have always been impressed by his professionalism and integrity” said Acting Chairman Roger Burden.

“We look forward to working with David to take The FA forward in the best interests of football at all levels across the country.”

Nominations Committee Chairman Phil Gartside said: “David was the outstanding candidate for the role. He combines strong business and leadership skills with tremendous insight and knowledge of football.”

“I very much look forward to working with David and together focussing on the priorities for the development of English football. We have a busy year ahead with work starting on St George’s Park, the launch of the Women’s Super League, England men’s and women’s teams competing in major competitions at a variety of age groups and a drive to implement the recommendations of our review into international player development.” added FA General Secretary Alex Horne.

Mr Bernstein said: “I am honoured to be asked to take on the role as Chairman of The FA. 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. ”