Outgoing Chairman David Bernstein speaks to FATV about his two-and-a-half years in charge
Outgoing FA Chairman David Bernstein has told FATV he will look back at his time at Wembley with pride.
He was speaking in Rio de Janeiro after England’s last game under his Chairmanship and said that he was pleased to be leaving The FA in good shape for the future.
He said: “I’ve enjoyed it enormously, it’s a fabulous organisation. We’ve managed to achieve a lot in a fairly short period of time. I think the question with these things is do you leave the organisation in a better place than you found it, and I hope people will say that that has happened.
“I think we’ve made good progress in a whole range of areas. It’s been a great experience and a unique thing to have seen and have done.”
Asked what his abiding memories of his two-and-a-half years at the helm will be, he said: “The highlights have been the opening of St. George’s Park, which is probably the most important single thing. I think in 10-15 years’ time people will look back and say that was a key moment.
“The other key area is the Respect and Anti-Discrimination side of things. We’ve done a great deal.
“We were asked by government to produce a report, we’ve come up with a whole series of recommendations and I’m really pleased that latterly we’ve seen UEFA and FIFA now coming up with their own recommendations which pretty much mirror what we’ve done, and I think we’ve been influential in pushing that world agenda.
“The General Secretary of UEFA complimented us on being trailblazers on this.”
David Bernstein became Chairman of The FA in January 2011. He will be succeeded by Greg Dyke, who takes over on Saturday 13 July.
You can watch the full interview with the Chairman below.