By Aiden Mynott
It’s something I seem to be doing lately and that is saying the wrong thing at the wrong time. Phrases such as “shooting myself in the foot” and “engaging mouth before brain” spring straight to mind. Sometimes as well it’s not so much what we say as how we say it that causes the problem.
The Chief Executive of the FA managed it last week in front of the Commons Select Committee. A truly horrific public blunder in front of some influential people. It is hardly surprising the consensus of these influential people is that the FA is not fit purpose. Of course this is not a new revelation to those of us involved in football for a while. Historically the FA has always been out of touch with modern times. I reckon since its inception it has been 40 years behind the clubs it was formed to regulate and assist.
It will probably be forced to change. I never think that is always the best way. A new approach is what is needed. I have in recent years represented the club at the FA and it is clear that they have adopted a campaign of recruiting young bright talent at HQ. However the FD experienced a meeting with an FA representative at a Championship game. The FD discovered the young FA official came from a town which has a team playing at Step 4 in the pyramid. He asked the FA official if he visits them at all. His reply was that he didn’t even know the town had a club at that level.
We all make mistakes and I would suggest mostly not done deliberately. We all hope as Harvey WEINSTEIN said that we get a second chance. If the mistakes are small ones, that is often the case. But when they are at the level of allegation made at WEINSTEIN the answer is no.
The FA in my opinion, fall in between and can be saved. Change of approach on appointments would help. Try and employ people that have had experience running clubs, refereeing, looking after pitches and guess what, I reckon it could be passed as fit for purpose.
PS I AM AVAILABLE AS FIFA HAVE SHOWN NO INTEREST IN TAKING ME ON.
And on that bomb shell.....