Tyrone Mings hopeful for black person to replace Greg Clarke as FA chairman

Tyrone Mings admits it would be a huge step forward if a black person became the next FA chairman to replace the shamed Greg Clarke.

And the England ace might get his wish, with Paul Elliott leading the race to replace Clarke as one of the most powerful men in English football.

Clarke bowed to growing pressure and resigned from his £190,000-a-year role last night after making racist comments to the Government – leaving the FA in crisis.

The 63-year-old found his position untenable in the wake of a car crash appearance before MPs that saw him refer to "coloured footballers" – as well as make alarming references to South Asians, Afro Caribbeans and women while describing homosexuality as a "life choice".

Clarke is also expected to quit his role as England's FIFA vice-president and Paul Elliott, who leads the FA's 'Inclusion Advisory Board', is among the early favourites to replace him.

FA vice chairman Peter McCormick will take interim charge, with chief executive Mark Bullingham leading the search to find Clarke's replacement.

Clarke had contacted his fellow board members for support and had no option but to stand down when none of them backed him.

He said in a statement: "As a person who loves football and has given decades of service to our game, it is right that I put the interests of football first.

"My unacceptable words in front of Parliament were a disservice to our game and to those who watch, play, referee and administer it.

"I am deeply saddened that I have offended those diverse communities in football that I and others worked so hard to include. I would like to thank my friends and colleagues in the game for the wisdom and counsel they have shared over the years and resign from the FA with immediate effect."

Clarke had been facing questions from the 'Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee' about the state of English football due to Covid-19.

His comments left the game stunned and forced the FA to issue a grovelling statement insisting Clarke was 'deeply apologetic' for his horrendous blunders.

But it wasn't enough to save him as pressure on him to quit mounted from anti-racism campaigners, current and former players and even some of his own BAME staff within the FA.

Mings admitted Clarke had been left with no choice but to fall on his sword – and wants the process of finding his replacement to be a fair one.

When asked if he would like to see a black person get the job he said: "Of course it would be a huge step. It would be everything that a lot of people have worked for, a lot of people more senior than myself, a lot of people who have been fighting for this cause for a long longer than myself.

"But ultimately that isn't what we're asking for, we're not necessarily asking for the next chairman or chief to be black, what we're asking for is equal opportunities for black and white people, or ethnic minorities. We're asking for equal opportunities for everybody to have a fair crack of the whip."

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