PR guru Mike Lee slates England 2018 World Cup bid
What went wrong with England's 2018 bid?
England's attempt to win the right to stage the 2018 World Cup has been slated by a public relations expert who was behind Qatar's victorious 2022 bid.
While Qatar was given the 2022 World Cup, England lost out in the 2018 race with only two first-preference votes.
"This England bid campaign was not Premier League, it was relegation and League One," said bid expert Mike Lee.
"I'm not sure it is healthy to blame everyone else, and not reflect on the campaign itself," added the Englishman.
Lee has previously worked on Brazil's winning bid to host the 2016 Olympics as well as the 2012 London Games.
While England's technical bid and its presentation to Fifa last week was widely praised, Lee focused attention on key figures within the bid team and its inability to forge alliances both at home and abroad.
Sunderland-born Lee was particularly damning of the appointment of Football Association chairman Lord Triesman as chairman of the bid.
resigned from both positions in May
in the wake of a newspaper article that claimed he suggested Spain could drop its 2018 bid if rival bidder Russia helped bribe referees at the 2010 World Cup.
"It was clear to everybody that Lord Triesman was not the right choice," added Lee.
"He was not popular among his fellow colleagues here in English football. He was terribly unpopular in international football and for nearly 60% of the campaign we were hampered.
"As you look back from the choice of the wrong bid leader in the first instance through to alienating the Premier League and a series of PR own goals, it has not been a success.
"A lot was made at the beginning of how it was not going to repeat the mistakes of 2006 but it actually repeated many of those mistakes and even ended up with three fewer votes, and only half as many as Holland and Belgium."
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