Chairman of English FA to stand down this summer

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LONDON (AP) The head of English football says he will not stand for re-election this year because of the “inevitable discord” that will be created as he attempts to push through reform programs.

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Greg Dyke will leave as chairman of the Football Association in July after three years in the position.

Dyke says in a statement Thursday that he is “probably not the best person to pick up the pieces” if his governance reform measures for English football are passed.

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Dyke said “whichever way the vote goes on reform, I think the FA will need more of a conciliatory figure than me to build on what has been achieved.”

He says English football is in a better place financially, administratively and from a coaching standpoint than before he took over in 2013.