Martin Glenn resigns as FA CEO

58-year-old to step down in May at the end of the 2018/19 season.

Martin Glenn has announced his resignation from his role as Chief Executive of the Football Association (FA) and will step down at the end of the 2018/19 season.

Since taking up the top job at England’s soccer body, Glenn has seen the FA increase its revenue by 40 per cent, while the 58-year-old also introduced a mid-season break in English domestic soccer, which will come into effect in the 2019/20 season.

During his tenure, England teams have enjoyed an unprecedented period of success, with England’s men’s team reaching the 2018 FIFA World Cup semi-finals, while the women’s side finished third in the 2015 edition. The U17 and U20 outfits both became World Cups winners in 2017 and the women's U20s finished third at their World Cup in 2018.

During his time at the organisation, Glenn has faced a number of challenges, including the appointment and controversial departure of Sam Allardyce as manager, as well as the controversy surrounding the conduct of former England Women’s manager Mark Sampson, who was sacked amid evidence of “inappropriate and unacceptable" behaviour with female players in a previous position at Bristol Academy.

Glenn was also among the senior FA executives who were in favour of the proposed deal to sell Wembley Stadium to Jacksonville Jaguars and Fulham owner Shahid Khan, before the proposal collapsed.

Explaining his decision to step down, 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.”

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