Crozier quits as FA chief executive

Adam Crozier has resigned as chief executive of the English Football Association.

Adam Crozier has resigned as chief executive of the English Football Association after over two years in his position.

Major changes
The former chief executive of the Saatchi and Saatchi advertising agency, who joined the FA as chief executive in January 2000, made several major changes to the running of the organisation.

Important projects
Crozier oversaw the FA's move from its old home at Lancaster Gate to new offices in Soho Square, appointed Sven-Göran Eriksson as England manager and more recently completed negotiations which will ensure the completion of the rebuilding plans for Wembley stadium.

Main reasons
FA chairman Geoff Thompson said that a disagreement over the future of the FA and the completion of the three-year programme for change in the FA instigated by Crozier on his arrival as chief executive had been the key to his resignation.

'Professional difference'
"Adam does not feel he can compromise and I fully respect his point of view," said Thompson. "As this is essentially a professional difference of opinion there are, therefore, no personal issues whatsoever on either side.

Important achievements
"During almost three years as our Chief Executive, Adam has led the transformation of The FA into a successful, modern organisation, which I know is now respected throughout the world in sport and in business," added Thompson.

'Sense of pride'
"I am extremely proud to have been asked to lead The FA through a very important and exciting period in its history," said Crozier. "It will be difficult for me to leave a job that I have enjoyed so much and which has given me so much satisfaction. It has been a privilege to have combined my love of football with my career. I will however leave The FA with a sense of pride in our achievements and satisfaction with the progress we have made."

'Smooth transition'
Crozier will remain in his position for a while longer as the FA look to appoint a replacement. "The two vice chairmen and I have asked Adam to remain with us for some time in order to ensure a smooth transition for the benefit of The FA. We are delighted that Adam has accepted this proposal," said Thompson.