FA aiming to appoint a new chairman before this summer’s Euros… with businesswoman Debbie Hewitt the governing body’s ‘Plan A’ to replace Greg Clarke
- Debbie Hewitt is in pole position to land the role as the FA’s new chairman
- The 57-year-old businesswoman is the ‘Plan A’ candidate to replace Greg Clarke
- Clarke left last year following offensive remarks in a parliamentary appearance
The FA are aiming to appoint their new chairman before the European Championships, with businesswoman Debbie Hewitt in pole position to land the role.
The 57-year-old is the governing body’s ‘Plan A’ candidate to replace Greg Clarke, who left in disgrace last year following offensive remarks in an infamous parliamentary appearance.
The process of appointing Hewitt is ongoing but it is hoped the news will be confirmed in time for the tournament.
Debbie Hewitt (left) is the favourite to replace Greg Clarke (right) as the FA’s new chairman
However, it is unlikely Hewitt will be in situ before the Euros, which start on June 11.
Discussions are taking place on how Hewitt can coordinate the job, which is a part-time role, in conjunction with her business responsibilities.
The FA, meanwhile, have selected Middlesbrough as England’s pre-tournament base ahead of the Euros.
England will use the Riverside Stadium for both of their pre-Euros warm up games this summer
The Riverside Stadium will host Gareth Southgate’s side’s warm-up fixtures against Austria on June 2 and Romania on June 6.
Dublin’s status as one of the Euro 2020 hosts has been thrown into doubt.
The Aviva Stadium is due to stage three group games and a last-16 tie, but the FAI, on the advice of the Irish government, have told UEFA that they cannot provide an answer on fan numbers while they continue to deal with the pandemic.