Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

FA Chief Hopefuls Could Be 'Too Old'

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

FA Chief Hopefuls Could Be 'Too Old'

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Byline: By Martyn Ziegler

Two of the leading candidates to become the first independent chairman of the Football Association may find they are deemed too old to be appointed to the post.

FA article 87 stipulates that board members have to step down once they reach the age of 70 and that could prove a barrier to both Eddie George, the former governor of the Bank of England, and Football League chairman Lord Mawhinney being considered.

George turns 70 in 2008, the date when the new independent chairman is expected to take up the post, and Mawhinney ( who is thought to harbour ambitions of being FA chairman ( would be 68 that year and neither would therefore be able to fulfil a four-year term of office.

The appointment of an independent chairman was agreed by the FA Council last week as part of the proposals made by the Lord Terry Burns' review.

A senior FA figure said: "There is a long way to go before we can even think of drawing up names but the age restriction of 70 on FA board members will be an issue. …

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