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FA announce new chief executive

This is a story from the FSF archive – the FSF and SD merged to become the FSA in 2019.

Ian Watmore has been named the new chief executive of the FA, replacing Brian Barwick. Watmore, a lifelong Arsenal fan, will start the job on Monday, June 1st, 2009 when he leaves his post as permanent secretary at the Department of Innovations, Universities and Skills (DIUS).

He was one of three men interviewed for the job by the board of the FA and its thought his good working relationship with FA chairman Lord Triesman, which he developed when both were working at the DIUS, was the main reason for his selection.

He’s the sixth man to be appointed chief executive in ten years following Graham Kelly, Adam Crozier, Mark Palios, Brian Barwick, as well as David Davies who had two tenures as acting chief executive.

Talking about the appointment, Lord Triesman said: “The FA Board are delighted to have appointed an outstanding new chief executive and we look forward to Ian joining us.

“We had a very strong shortlist of candidates, but in Ian we have the right person to lead the organisation as CEO.”

Watmore said he was “delighted” to be joining the FA adding: “With Lord Triesman and the board, Fabio Capello and the FA’s staff, I want to ensure we are achieving success on and off the pitch across all levels of the game.”

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