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Barwick set to leave post as FA chief executive

Barwick set to leave post as FA chief executive

Brian Barwick will leave his position as chief executive of England's Football Association at the end of the year after disagreements with the ruling body's chairman over the scope of his role.
Barwick, who has been in his post for three and a half years and played a major part in January's appointment of coach Fabio Capello, indicated that he and David Triesman had been unable to agree on what his responsibilities should be.
Barwick's departure became known Wednesday during the first half of England's dismal 2-2 friendly draw against the Czech Republic at Wembley Stadium, and was confirmed by the FA soon after.
"This decision follows several weeks of discussions with FA chairman Lord Triesman on the role of the chief executive within the new FA structure," Barwick said in an FA statement. "I am sad to be leaving the FA _ an organization it has been a privilege to lead _ but I believe it is in the interests of all parties."
Among the high points of his tenure were getting approval for a National Football Center _ something many high-profile figures in the game agreed is necessary to nurture new talent for the national team _ and convincing Capello to succeed Steve McClaren.
However, he was also part of the team that hired McClaren in the first place, remaining in charge while England failed to qualify for this year's European Championship.
"I have always endeavored to do my job with passion, decency and integrity, and I believe I am leaving a strong legacy," Barwick said. "The organization is in better financial health than ever before.
"On the pitch, I am convinced that in Fabio Capello, the England team has the right manager and a genuine chance of success."
Despite the fact that Barwick's stint is now set to end on Dec. 31, Triesman said there was no animosity toward his colleague, who quit his job in television as controller of ITV Sport to join the FA.
"I would like to express my sincere thanks to Brian for the stability and growth that he has brought to the organization," Triesman said. "Brian leaves with our best wishes for the future and will always be welcome back as our guest at Wembley."
Barwick was appointed in November 2004, three months after a sex scandal forced out his predecessor, Mark Palios.
Barwick had previously been employed by ITV, Britain's main commercial non-subscription broadcaster, from February 1998, helping secure coverage of the Champions League and 2003 Rugby World Cup.
Before that, he was at the British Broadcasting Corp. for 18 years, where he held several key roles, including directing the 1990 and '94 World Cup coverage. He was also the editor of long-running football show "Match of the Day" and a producer of "Football Focus."


Updated : 2021-06-12 19:55 GMT+08:00