The English Football Association are expected to outsource the recruitment of Greg Clarke's successor as chairman and will finalize their recruiting process in the coming days with the aim of making a relatively quick meeting, sources told ESPN.
Clarke's sudden resignation on Tuesday night after using a racist term when testifying before a select committee of the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sports earlier today left England's football governing body without figurehead at a key moment.
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The 63-year-old referred to stereotypical “footballers of color”, South Asians and Afro-Caribbeans as having “different career interests” and described homosexuality as a “lifestyle choice” during a hearing to examine why the game collectively failed. agree on a financial bailout for the lower leagues.
Although Peter McCormick has been appointed interim chairman, Harrogate's attorney is not considered a candidate for the post on a permanent basis and the FA is keen to take an appointment that will be able to strongly represent the organization. in key discussions on the restructuring of English Football in the short and long term.
Sources told ESPN that the FA is finalizing the best process for identifying the best candidates while following their own code of conduct recommendations. There is a sense of urgency around making the date, ESPN sources say, but also a recognition that the process should not be rushed.
The FA also outsourced the recruiting process for Martin Glenn's replacement as CEO, first using the headhunting agency Odgers before hiring Spencer Stuart – only to then decide to promote internal candidate Mark. Bullingham, then director of business development and football, at the end. of the 2018-19 season.
Bullingham was due to make a statement on Clarke's departure later Wednesday afternoon and the FA are expected to clarify their recruiting procedures in another public statement once finalized.
No shortlist has yet been established, but several high profile figures are said to be interested in the post, including Baroness Sue Campbell, FA director of women's football, and the chairman of the organization's Inclusion Advisory Board. , Paul Elliott.
Elliott is also seen as one of the main contenders for Clarke's replacement as England's FIFA vice-president.