Sunderland striker's father bidding to become new chief executive of Football Association

Ian Watmore, centre, is bidding to become chief executive of the Football Association
Ian Watmore, centre, is bidding to become chief executive of the Football Association
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Former Football Association chief executive Ian Watmore has thrown his hat into the ring to replace outgoing chairman Greg Dyke.

Watmore, father of Sunderland AFC striker Duncan, wants to be the man to replace Dyke when his four-year term ends in the summer.

"I'm older and wiser," said Watmore, who resigned his position with the governing body in 2010.

"I have a lot more experience of the game and of sporting administration generally.

"The FA board is different. It now has independent directors.

"And I believe the council has a bigger role to play. I also think the financial situation in the leagues, with the ownership of clubs, is more stable now.

"The environment has changed. The corruption has been unearthed. It means there is going to be a new world order in the sport, and if people want me to, I believe I can make a contribution," Watmore told the Main Online.

Watmore has revealed corruption at FIFA was one of the main reasons he quit his role in 2010 while also coming up against resistance within the FA.

He concedes that walking away after only nine months could count against him in his bid to become Dyke's successor.

"I can see that," he added.

"I let people down. I let the staff down and I let the FA council down.

"I don't regret making the decision because it was the right one for me at the time. But I regret leaving some very talented people.

"I just felt I was in a place where there was no way forward. I was in office but not in power, if you like.

"I could have carried on spinning the administrative plates for as long as people wanted me to do it. But I didn't feel I could have a meaningful impact on the important football issues of the day.

"To me, at that time, it seemed like there was nothing chief or executive about the role."