'Respect' paying off

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Lord Triesman believes the Football Association's 'Respect' campaign is beginning to show positive results.

FA chiefs were disappointed the initiative was not making headway, following recent outbursts against referees. Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson was charged with improper conduct for coming on to the pitch to remonstrate with match official Mike Dean, and Newcastle manager Joe Kinnear faces similar action after labelling Martin Atkinson "a Mickey Mouse referee".

However, Triesman - the FA's first independent chairman - is heartened by recent developments. He told Sky Sports News: "Players are showing more respect."

He added: "There is less of an inclination to crowd around and berate refs - it happens occasionally, but there has been an improvement on that front."

Triesman insists too he has "never once" questioned Trevor Brooking's role as the FA's director of football development.

Former West Ham midfielder Brooking recently said he had become frustrated at the lack of funding for youth development programmes, particularly among younger age groups in England.

Football League chairman Lord Mawhinney criticised Brooking for his outburst - and advised that he should talk to his own employers to find out why there was a lack of funding.

However, Triesman said: "His co-ordination role with coaches working in the Club England set-up is very important.

"He's an amazing ambassador for football, and everywhere he goes people want to know what he thinks. That role is worth its weight in gold."

As for the appointment of their new chief executive, Triesman added the FA were on course to make an appointment. Brian Barwick is to leave his post at the end of the year, and Triesman explained: "We'll meet our target timetable for the appointment, not far into the new year."

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