Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Crozier's Loose Talk Leaves FA in a Spin

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Crozier's Loose Talk Leaves FA in a Spin

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Byline: MICK DENNIS

THERE ought to be a health warning on the metal name plate outside the Football Association's headquarters. It should say: "Contains nuts."

Or, like that corny old postcard which failed humorists pin up in their offices, it could say: "You don't have to be mad to work here, but it helps."

You certainly need a masochistic streak to work for the FA, because you get no thanks for all the dull, but necessary, administrative work that goes on day in and day out.

Instead you get buckets of berating denunciation from the media.

The FA are regarded as an Aunt Sally, to have brickbats hurled at them whatever they do, and whatever they attempt.

They used to be characterised as men in blazers; an army of clerks and jobsworths led by geriatrics.

Then, when Adam Crozier took over and committed the heinous crime of not wearing a tie, the FA were accused of being too trendy - of being all spin and no substance.

And they have a brief which is ludicrously broad - to look after the interests of every aspect of football in this country, from the Sunday-morning pub teams who fill Hackney Marshes to the millionaire footballers who fill Old Trafford.

The two ends of the game simply do not want the same things and the conflict between the county associations, who represent thousands of amateur teams, and the Premiership and Nationwide clubs is played out every time there is a meeting of the full FA Council.

So in all sorts of ways, the FA can't win. But they'd have a better chance of at least drawing if their captain didn't score own goals, and that is what Crozier has done.

He banged the ball into his own net twice - once by making a silly speech at an old boys' dinner and once by writing a silly letter to the Government.

The speech recycled an old apocryphal story and stated it as fact. …

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