Date:Sunday March 28 2010
Wigan Athletic owner Dave Whelan is not a man that hides behind niceties and when he wants to say something, that`s exactly what he does, he says it.
Now this week as seen the resignation of the FA`s chief executive Ian Watmore leaving the sports governing body in England searching for its 5th CEO in 11 years, Watmore resigned following an alleged disagreement with leading figures in the FA and a failure of the organisation to implement change quickly and Whelan, as always as had something to say about the situation.
Whelan reckons that the Premier League should run the professional game and the England team and leave the FA to run the amateur game, Whelan says: 'Let the FA concentrate on running amateur football - the Football League and the Premier League must run the professional game.
'The sooner the Premier League run the England team the better.'
The Latics chairman as been quoted as saying that the FA are too bogged down with committees and meetings and it clogs up the processes, Whelan cites Maurice Lindsay who is Wigan Athletics representative to the FA, being appalled by the number of committees, Whelan says: 'He (Lindsay) is a very experienced man in the running of sport and he has been chief executive of the Rugby Football League, but he is appalled at how many committees there are'
'They are amateur people who have never been involved in the professional game at any level. We should not have amateur people giving advice to professional football clubs.
'We do want the amateur game to succeed and thrive but it should be run entirely different to the professional game.'
To some extent I can understand what Whelan is saying about the FA and how their Draconian thinking can old back progress but also the thought of having a body that is solely focused on finance and fat profits like the Premier League stepping in is equally frightening.
We are caught between the devil and the deep blue sea but to be honest I quite like the fact that prima donnas like Steven Gerrard and John Terry are governed by some old fart in a dusty office whom they have to address as mister whoever and sir rather than some PR dude who they are on first name terms with.
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Date:Sunday March 28 2010
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