FA nearing shortlist for new chairman to replace disgraced Greg Clarke as pressure mounts to appoint their first BAME chief
- The FA will finalise the shortlist for their chairmanship by the start of February
- The Football Association have a ‘strong long list of male and female candidates’
- Successful businessman Sir Damon Buffini is among those running for the role
- It is believed the FA are under pressure to appoint their first BAME chairman
The Football Association will aim to finalise the shortlist for their chairmanship by the start of February.
Sportsmail understands talks to discuss the make-up of the list of final contenders for the coveted role have been scheduled for the end of the month.
The application period, led by headhunters Egon Zehnder, elapsed last week and is said to have ended with a ‘strong, long list of male and female candidates’.
The FA will finalise the shortlist for their chairmanship by the start of February
The process of whittling down the list will take a major step forward during the forthcoming discussions.
Successful businessman Sir Damon Buffini, who has held numerous high-powered administrative roles, is understood to be in the running for the role, which was vacated by Greg Clarke following his disastrous parliamentary appearance at the end of last year.
The FA are under pressure to appoint their first BAME chairman following the furore that followed Clarke’s resignation but remain adamant the job will go to the best candidate.
But the fact Buffini and Sport England director Chris Grant, who has publicly stated he wants the job, are of BAME descent may provide the FA with an opportunity to make a landmark appointment.
It is hoped the new chair will be in position well in time for the 2021-22 season.
Successful businessman Sir Damon Buffini (middle) is among those running for the role
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