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Brian Barwick puts brave face on FA exit
By Telegraph staff and agencies 21 Aug 2008


Brian Barwick says the Football Association is ready for "a new chapter" after the confirmation he is to be replaced as chief executive.

Barwick will leave his post at the end of the year after a reported clash with FA chairman Lord Triesman.

"I'm very sad and disappointed to leave, but it's obviously time for a new chapter at the Football Association," he said. "I only wish it well. It's a terrific place, full of terrific people."

Barwick's reign since replacing Mark Palios has been an eventuful one. He presided over the opening of Wembley Stadium, and the doomed appointment of Steve McClaren as England manager in 2006 after a very public courting of Luiz Felipe Scolari.

"We've moved the organisation on leaps and bounds, and that's really important to me," he said. "If I have a genuine legacy, we were sitting in a big stadium last night - it's probably one of the finest in the world - and the Respect programme is very special to me.

"In this sort of job you have an opportunity to make a difference - and if I, in a very small way, improved behaviour on and off the pitch, that'll do me."

Barwick refused to comment on reports of a breakdown in relations with Lord Triesman, merely saying: "The reasons for me leaving the organisation, cited in the statement, I'm very comfortable with."



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