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FA appoint new chief executive

Mark Bullingham will replace Martin Glenn as the Football Associaiton (FA) new chief executive, who is stepping down at the end of the current 2018/19 season.

This is an internal appointment, Bullingham joined the FA in 2016 and was the director for commercial and marketing. His role grew as he became chief football and development officer.

 Prior to joining the FA, Bullingham was chief executive EMEA for Fuse Sport and Enter­ta­inment, during a 5 year spell.

Under his guidance, the FA has increased its revenue by 25% and has delivered lucrative sponsorship deals with Barclays and Nike. 

Bullingham has also brokered record broadcasting deals with Inter­national broadcasters for the FA Cup.

“I’m hugely passionate about the role The FA plays in improving the English game and our positive contribution to society. Getting kids across the country active and learning life skills such as teamwork and commu­nica­tion is incredibly rewarding,” said Bullingham in a press statement.

“I’m confident in the talent and deter­mi­nation of the workforce here and the direction we are heading together.

“However, there is still a huge amount to do; from transforming the quality of amateur pitches, to doubling the women’s and girls’ game across the country, to hosting major inter­national tournaments, to building digital tools to help volunteers across all areas of the grassroots game. The to-do list is long but we know that as a team, we can deliver huge progress.

“I would also like to thank Martin Glenn for his support over the last two and a half years. Martin has played a principal role in making The FA a more modern, innovative and inclusive orga­nisa­tion. He has created a strong leadership team that is making a real difference at every level of English football.”

Greg Clarke, FA chairman, said: “Following a full and thorough recruitment process, it gives me huge pleasure and great confidence that the best candidate has come from within the orga­nisa­tion.

“Mark has played a key role in the recent success of The FA and under his leadership the organisation will continue to break new ground.

“I know Mark and his qualities well. He is undoubtedly the best person to lead The FA as we head into an exciting new era.”

The FA have stated they are looking to rebrand as the 'English Football Association" in an attempt to modernise in a possible collo­borative bid to host the 2030 FIFA World Cup.


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