Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Brooking's Fear; Sir Trevor Admits: It Won't Be Easy to Replace Palios

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Brooking's Fear; Sir Trevor Admits: It Won't Be Easy to Replace Palios

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Byline: MICHAEL HART

SIR Trevor Brooking spoke for the first time today about the crisis facing the Football Association and admitted it would not be easy to find a replacement for chief executive Mark Palios.

The former England midfield player looks set to be asked to take temporary charge of the FA later this week following the dramatic resignation of Palios on Sunday night.

Although David Davies was given the task of acting chief executive yesterday, his own role in the Soho Square sex scandal is expected to come under intense scrutiny in the run-up to Thursday's emergency meeting of the FA board.

Brooking is seen as a safe pair of hands whose name has not been tainted during the Svengate affair and is expected to be asked to take over while inquiries continue into the PR fall out from England coach Sven Goran Eriksson's relationship with company secretary Faria Alam.

An able administrator, the FA board believes Brooking will help restore a semblance of public integrity at a time when the organisation's stock is at rock bottom.

He may even emerge as a possible long term successor to Palios, but may fear he does not have the financial skills needed for the role. …

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