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Lord Alan Sugar keen to replace Lord Triesman at FA

Lord Sugar
Sugar spent 10 controversial years as Spurs chairman

Lord Sugar says he would be interested in becoming Football Association chairman if given a remit for reform.

Lord Triesman quit the role after he was accused of saying Spain might drop its 2018 World Cup bid if Russia helped bribe referees at the 2010 tournament.

And entrepreneur Sugar said if he was to replace Triesman changes would be made, adding: "The whole thing needs to be reformed from top to bottom."

Sugar has not worked in football since selling Tottenham in 2001.

FA board members David Sheepshanks and Roger Burden have been drafted in as temporary joint-replacements for Triesman, who also resigned as chairman of England's 2018 World Cup bid.

Former Football Association chairman Geoff Thompson has been appointed as Triesman's successor for the 2018 bid.

The bid team, which only presented its proposals for the 2018 showpiece event to Fifa on Friday, has begun a damage limitation exercise and apologised to the Russian and Spanish governing bodies ahead of Fifa's naming of the hosts for the 2018 and 2022 tournaments.

Sugar, though, stressed that he would not be looking to simply salvage England's bid ahead of Fifa's decision on 2 December, adding that the FA was likely to take several months to name Triesman's successor.

"It certainly won't be a person who is going to dive in now and deal with the bid. There's a bid team and they'll carry on doing their good work," Sugar told the BBC.

The former Spurs chairman, rather, suggested the fallout from the Triesman controversy, which resulted from secret Mail on Sunday recordings of the ex-Labour peer, had opened an opportunity to review the machinations of the FA, and said he would consider the role "on the basis that my chairmanship would overview some kind of reform".

"The game has moved forward so much over the last 30 years and it is my personal opinion that the FA has not moved with the times," added Sugar, a former government advisor.

"We need to move with the times and recognise certain things, in particular financial implications and the lack of British players, for example, to shine through.

"I think the whole thing needs to be looked at and reformed from top to bottom. The constitution needs to be changed."

Wigan chairman Dave Whelan, who called for a radical overhaul of the FA when Ian Watmore surprisingly stepped down as chief executive in March, was not wholly enthused by the idea of Sugar getting the job.

Lord Triesman resigns as FA chairman

"He's obviously experienced. The FA has tried ex-politicians and Lords in the past. This man should be steeped in football and the new appointment should be streetwise. The role of chairman of the FA is very difficult. There's a lot of things to do there, they're in a lot of debt," Whelan commented.

"The FA has got to be very, very careful because the next appointment is crucial. If we are going to succeed winning the 2018 World Cup then who we appoint is very important."

Sugar, though, believes all is not lost in regards to England's chances of hosting the World Cup in eight years' time.

"Hopefully, those that make the decisions on the World Cup will realise that was not a country talking, it was, allegedly, an individual talking," he reflected

"You've got to look at the country and the facilities we've got, and we've got the greatest league in the world. It's about time the World Cup came back to England."



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see also
Fifa urges rapid Triesman review
18 May 10 |  Football
Thompson named 2018 bid chairman
17 May 10 |  Football
Triesman quits FA & 2018 Cup jobs
16 May 10 |  Football
World Cup bids head-to-head
17 Oct 10 |  Football
Beckham hands over 2018 Cup bid
14 May 10 |  Football
Japan abandons 2018 World Cup bid
04 May 10 |  Football
FA 'should not run England team'
25 Mar 10 |  Football
England submits back-up 2022 bid
16 Mar 09 |  Internationals
Coe joins 2018 World Cup bid team
18 Feb 09 |  Football
Fifa unveils 2022 World Cup plan
20 Dec 08 |  Internationals
Sugar relieved to step down
24 Feb 01 |  Tottenham Hotspur
Sugar's bittersweet reign
28 Feb 01 |  Tottenham Hotspur


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