Bernstein - I will make clean break

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David Bernstein feels frustrated at being forced to step down as Football Association chairman but will make a clean break with the organisation when his term ends in July.

Bernstein has fallen foul of a new rule obliging board members to step down once they reach the age of 70. An attempt to persuade the FA council to allow an extension was blocked in October, and Bernstein will be replaced in six months' time.

Bernstein, speaking at the launch of the celebrations of the FA's 150th anniversary, insisted he would not try to find a different role within the organisation. He said: "I'm a believer in clean breaks, to be honest. When I left Manchester City, I made a very clean break and I don't want to be spectre at the feast so I doubt it."

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