Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Dyke Has Much to Ponder in New Role

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Dyke Has Much to Ponder in New Role

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TWENTY-THREE years after playing a significant role in the deal that saw England's top clubs break away from the Football Association, Greg Dyke will try to deal with the fall-out.

As a senior executive at ITV, Dyke fuelled the early idea of the Premier League by confirming his organisation would be interested in acquiring the rights for such a competition.

Had new FA chairman Dyke squashed the idea flat, the concept may never have got off the ground.

As it was, club chairmen felt emboldened to press ahead, ultimately to ITV's cost given they instead chose Sky as their TV operator of choice, a partnership that endures to this day.

English football may have become a far more alluring product than it was back then, and its clubs may now tap into markets far away from the communities which spawned them. But the price paid by the FA has been huge.

Instead of running the game for the benefit of all, or at least being partners in it, they are now left trailing by the Premier League, their influence eroded to such an extent Roy Hodgson cannot even succeed in a plea for blockbuster fixtures not to be arranged immediately before England games of huge significance. …

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