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English Soccer’s F.A. Names Former TV Executive Dyke as Chairman

March 21 (Bloomberg) -- Greg Dyke, a former television executive and Manchester United board member, is to become chairman of English soccer’s Football Association.

The F.A.’s board approved the nomination of Dyke to replace David Bernstein on July 13, the ruling body said in a statement. The decision is subject to approval by an F.A. panel.

Dyke will stand down as non-executive chairman of Brentford, the third-tier London soccer team he’s supported since a boy, and also as a director of the German broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1 to take the role, the F.A. said.

He has an “outstanding” understanding of soccer and strong government contacts, Roger Devlin, chairman of the F.A.’s nominations committee, said in the statement.

Dyke “will lead the F.A. from the front and be respected by the football community,” Devlin said.

Dyke, 65, quit as a director of Manchester United after two years in 1999 before becoming director general of the British Broadcasting Corp. from 2000 to 2004.

In the statement, Dyke said it is “essential” the F.A. finds a way to ensure English players get a chance to play professional soccer at an elite level.

Teams in Europe’s five richest leagues, including the Premier League, developed as few as 17 percent of their players from their youth teams last year, according to the CIES Football Observatory in Neuchatel, Switzerland.

Bernstein is vacating his role under F.A. rules that require its chairman to leave at age 70.

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