Paul Elliott has strong support inside the FA to become their first black chairman as search for new chief begins following resignation of Greg Clarke after his disgraceful parliamentary appearance
- Paul Elliott led the introduction of the FA’s historic Leadership Diversity Code
- Elliott managed to sign 19 out of 20 Premier League clubs to the new code
- The terms of the code will apply to the FA’s search for a new chairman now
- It follows the departure of Greg Clarke, who was forced to resign on Tuesday
Paul Elliott has strong support inside the FA to become the governing body’s first black chairman as the search for a new figurehead began in earnest on Wednesday.
It follows the departure of Greg Clarke, who was forced to resign on Tuesday following his offensive parliamentary appearance in which he made reference to ‘coloured footballers’ among other shameful remarks.
Elliott led the introduction of the FA’s historic Leadership Diversity Code, which was devised to enhance inclusivity in the English game.
Paul Elliott has strong support inside the FA to become their body’s first black chairman
FA’s search for a new figurehead began on Wednesday following the departure of Greg Clarke
As chair of the FA’s inclusion advisory board, he managed to sign 19 out of 20 Premier League clubs to the code, plus a host of EFL sides.
This success has seen him identified as a potential successor to Clarke. As outlined by Sportsmail on Wednesday, the terms of the code will apply to the FA’s search for a new chairman, which in turn increases the chances of a BAME candidate being selected.
This was confirmed by chief executive Mark Bullingham who said: ‘Our process will be open and conform to the Diversity Code, ensuring we are able to select the best candidate from a diverse talent pool.’
England manager Gareth Southgate said: ‘What I admire about somebody like Paul Elliott is that he’s committed himself to football administration.
England manager Gareth Southgate said he admires Elliott for what he has done
‘I greatly respect what he’s done within our organisation, but I don’t know if being the chairman would be the right position for him.
‘I think to be on the board would be a positive move.’
However, Elliott may seek to extend his influence by joining UEFA’s executive committee.
The FA are currently represented on it by former Manchester United chief executive David Gill, who is due to step down next year.
Mark Bullingham confirmed the terms of the Leadership Diversity Code will apply to the search
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