FA disarray as Cartwright quits board at start of hunt for new chair

December 1 – The English Football Association has been plunged into yet more disarray with the resignation of its senior independent director Stacey Cartwright, who had been leading the selection panel to appoint a new chairman for the organisation.

Cartwright stepped down “to persue other business interests” just as she was dealing with applications to replace Greg Clarke who was forced to quit last month after referring to black footballers as “coloured” while giving evidence to a group of parliamentarians.

“I have very much enjoyed my time on the FA board and leave behind some great colleagues,” Cartwright said in a statement. “I wish everyone well at the FA for the future and for the search for the new chair.”

Ironically Cartwright, formerly on the board at Liverpool, had reportedly herself been an early frontrunner for the FA chair job before she was appointed to head up a selection panel.

FA CEO Mark Bullingham recently told Sky that Cartwright would have the casting vote should the panel reach a 3-3 decision on any candidate to succeed Clarke.

But now the FA has to appoint a new chair of the six-member selection panel as the search for a new head for the entire organisation goes on.

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