Early Doors

Shock as FA chairman Greg Dyke’s working schedule is revealed

It has been a tough week of work at the FA for chairman Greg Dyke – not only were England drawn in the dreaded ‘Group of Death’ for next summer's World Cup but his reaction to said draw has received a host of negative press.

For those who missed it, here is the FA chairman’s less than optimistic response to the news that England were drawn against Uruguay, Italy and Costa Rica.

For most of us a tough week at work constitutes five, six or, for the most hardworking (read unlucky) amongst us, seven days a week. Not for Dyke, though.

For Dyke, a tough week at work is two days. Two measly days, according to a report in the Daily Mail – which, to be fair to the FA chairman, meets the requirements of the broadcasting tycoon’s contract.

The contract, though, in terms of required working patterns is broadly similar to the ones that David Bernstein and Lord Triesman were tied to when they were in the job and the report goes on to stipulate that both men devoted “most of their working weeks to the role”.

Dyke’s outside commitments – including chairing a theatre company and several film companies - are thought to be the reason behind the reduced working week. But his tumultuous stewardship of the governing body will only be brought into further doubt by the revelations.

The chairmanship of the FA – much like the role of manager of the national team – is somewhat of a poisoned chalice but Dyke has done little to ingratiate himself with the wider footballing public having made a strings of gaffes since his appointment in May this year.

He caused a media storm soon after his appointment when he said that: "I don't think anyone realistically thinks we are going to win the World Cup" – forcing England coach Roy Hodgson to respond to the quotes while he was preparing for a World Cup qualifier against Moldova.

Dyke was forced to admit that he "made a mistake" when he set up an all-white commission to improve the fortunes of the England team.

Dyke had to write a letter to board member Heather Rabbatts to assure her he intended to add to the commission at a later date.

Sunderland were also annoyed with Dyke after he criticised their summer recruitment policy.

Dyke highlighted the Black Cats while expressing his concern over the declining number of English players in the Premier League and the consequences for the national team but Sunderland accused him lacking knowledge of the "wider picture."

Finally, the Mail claims that Dyke welcomed a Moldovan delegation to an England qualifier at Wembley when they were actually playing Montenegro.

Hopefully, things can only get better, and one suspects a few extra days at Wembley would certainly help.