FA’s Glenn to step down

13 Dec 2018

By: Sport Industry Group

FA CEO Martin Glenn is to step down from his position at the end of the season, The FA has announced.

In a statement posted on its website, the organisation hailed Glenn’s achievements over his four-year tenure, focusing on the cultural change he has helped to implement.

In particular, it noted the increased diversity among FA employees, 35% of whom are female and 12% from a BAME background.

Glenn has overseen a 40% increase in revenue over his four years in charge, which also coincided with a period of significant on-field success, with the England men’s team reaching the semi-final of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, the Lionesses’ 3rd place finish in 2015 and FIFA World Cup wins at U17 and U20 levels.

He particularly emphasised women’s football, committing record spending in pursuit of his stated ambition to double the size of the women’s game by 2020. 

But he came under pressure in recent weeks over the collapse of the sale of Wembley Stadium to US businessman Shahid Khan – a deal that had promised unprecedented funding for the grassroots game.

Announcing his decision to depart, Glenn said: "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.

"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.

"Running The FA has been a huge honour and a privilege but I have only been able to achieve what I have been able to thanks to everyone who works here. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all my staff for their commitment and dedication to running our national game.

"Football has a role in society far bigger than the game itself and undeniably makes us richer on many levels whether it be mass participation for both men and increasingly women, or the tremendous global appeal of our professional game. It has been a pleasure playing a part in this wonderful game."

FA Chairman, Greg Clarke, added: "On behalf of the Board of The FA, I would like to thank Martin for building and leading a senior management team that has transformed our organisation.

"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.

"I and the organisation will miss his effective, principled and compassionate leadership and wish him well."