Glenn to depart as FA chief executive

The English Football Association is seeking a new chief executive after it was announced today (Thursday) that Martin Glenn has resigned from the position.

Glenn will remain in post until the end of the 2018-19 season. He was appointed as FA chief executive in March 2015 after formerly serving in the same role for snack foods giant United Biscuits.

The FA today paid tribute to his tenure, stating he helped create the culture around the St. George’s Park complex in Burton-on-Trent and the England team which has led to an unprecedented period of success for elite teams across all age groups.

In 2018, England men’s senior team reached the semi-finals of the Fifa World Cup, following on from the women’s team’s third-placed finish in 2015, while the U17s and U20s both became World Cup winners in 2017 and the women’s U20s finished third at their World Cup in 2018.

Glenn also oversaw the re-organisation of the fixture schedule that has resulted in a mid-season player break to take place from next season. Under Glenn’s leadership, the FA has also undergone reform through a recruitment strategy that means the organisation now has a team made up of 34-per-cent female staff and 12 per cent from a BAME background.

In his four years, Glenn has overseen a 40-per-cent increase in revenue which has enabled the FA to invest record amounts into the game at all levels. This has also led to increased funds into the FA Cup, with a doubling of prize money for both the men’s and women’s competitions.

However, his tenure has not been without its challenges, most recently with the collapse of the proposed deal to sell Wembley Stadium to US businessman Shahid Khan, owner of Premier League club Fulham and NFL American football team the Jacksonville Jaguars.

“When I accepted the role of CEO at the FA, I was tasked with improving the effectiveness of the organisation and making it financially secure,” Glenn said today.

“I also joined with the strong belief that the England team’s performance in tournaments could and should improve, and that the experience of the millions of people who play football could be a better one.

“I will leave feeling proud of the success of the performance of all the England teams. I am confident that we have established in St. George’s Park a world-class centre which will ensure that the teams will continue to build on their current successes. I hope that the FA will be able to build on this by accelerating the breakthrough of English qualified players into the first teams.”

FA chairman, Greg Clarke, added: “His integrity, commitment, energy and passion for football has underpinned the improvements on and off the pitch. The resulting commercial success has funded hugely significant change in the women’s game, St. George’s Park, the FA Cup and the national teams.

“Martin leaves as his legacy an organisation that is fit for purpose, more diverse, internationally respected and ready to progress to the next level.”

Glenn’s successor is set to be tasked with the immediate job of working on the proposed joint bid for the 2030 World Cup with Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and Ireland.