Sugar sweet on FA role

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Lord Sugar would consider it a 'great honour' to become the new chairman of the Football Association.

Lord Triesman stepped down from the role on Sunday after he allegedly said the Spanish and Russian football federations were contemplating bribery.

Former Tottenham chairman Lord Sugar would relish the opportunity to succeed Lord Triesman, and told Sky Sports News: "The FA is a great organisation. It would be a great honour to try to assist but, of course, that's totally in the hands of whoever makes those decisions now. I should imagine the post would be advertised and I'd be quite interested - it would be quite a challenge."

He added: "I've long thought there needs to be a reform in the constitution of the FA.

"Some of the rules go back a very long time - some very good rules but I don't think they have changed with the times. The rules create financial problems for the clubs.

"I think Lord Mawhinney did a very good job in his capacity as chairman of the Football League. He got things moving in the right direction. There is a need for some major, major changes in the constitution but that would take a long time and need a lot of people to sign up to it.

"I don't think the resistance would be as hard as you might imagine. The point is the constitution and the rules and regulations of being members needs to be looked at again.

"If that could be changed and there were more controls at the FA, it would make for a much more sensible organisation, thus allowing investment in grass-roots, perhaps taking the highlight away from the obvious top level of the game - the Premiership."

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