Gill backs bid to bounce back

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England 2018 World Cup bid advisory group member David Gill is confident the campaign can quickly get back on track following the resignation of Football Association chairman Lord Triesman.

Triesman resigned on Sunday as head of both the bid and the FA after he was secretly recorded telling a friend Spain would support Russia's bid for the 2018 World Cup in return for help bribing referees in South Africa. FIFA's ethics committee are to investigate the corruption claims but Manchester United chief executive Gill, an original member of the England 2018 World Cup executive board now on its advisory group, said he thought the bid would bounce back following Triesman's swift exit.

"I think the action that was taken was decisive, it was immediate and it was clear and we've got to move on," said Gill in New York on Tuesday night following a press conference to promote Manchester United's four-game North American Tour this summer. "I'm sure that it can get back on track. There are some very good people leading it. Geoff Thompson, the chairman of the bid company, is very well known in FIFA and UEFA, very well respected in those two bodies and I think he's got a good executive team in (bid chief executive) Andy Anson and the supporting people like (international president) David Dein."

He added: "So that's all I want to say on it, it's back on track and the action was decisive."

Gill also reacted with amusement to Wigan chairman Dave Whelan's suggestion the Manchester United chief executive would make an ideal candidate to lead the FA following Lord Triesman's departure.

"That's news to me, I've been travelling but it's unlikely," Gill said. "I've got a great job here with Manchester United, it's a great team, lots to go for and I'm enjoying it immensely."

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