Former Liverpool and England striker Emile Heskey reveals his desire to replace Greg Clarke as FA chairman as he bemoans lack of opportunities for black former players… but admits role ‘might have come too soon’ for him
- Emile Heskey has stated his case for replacing Greg Clarke as FA chairman
- Clarke resigned from his role as FA chairman on Tuesday following a disastrous parliamentary hearing where he referred to ‘coloured’ footballers
- The former England striker has admitted role may have come to soon for him
Emile Heskey has thrown his hat into the ring for the vacant role of FA chairman, but admits it may have come too soon for him.
Greg Clarke resigned from the role on Tuesday evening after his appearance via video-link in front of a Parliamentary committee, where he made a variety of offensive comments about minority groups.
While Peter McCormick has taken the role on on an interim basis, the Football Association will now begin the process of appointing a successor.
Emile Heskey has thrown his hat into the ring to replace Greg Clarke as chairman of the FA
And former Liverpool and England striker Heskey sees no reason why he cannot throw his hat into the ring.
‘You have to take that leap sometimes,’ he told the i newspaper. ‘I know within football I’m probably just as respected as anyone else. But you’d have different people within there who would stake a claim as well.’
Whether it be himself or another candidate, Heskey is convinced that the hiring of a black FA chairman would be a massive step in the right direction – ‘It would be powerful. It would send messages. It’s been called for, for a long time’ – but admits it is a change he is not holding his breath for.
‘I would be very surprised if it was a black person,’ he said. ‘I’d be very surprised if it was anyone within football right now.
‘I think there’s a network of people they tap into that doesn’t have anything to do with football and they’ll try to bring someone from there.’
The former England and Liverpool striker has admitted the role may have come too soon
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