- David Gill sits on the FIFA and UEFA executive committees and FA board
- Gill hopes FIFA’s financial fortunes will improve under Gianni Infantino
- FA considering bidding for the 2030 World Cup after election of Infantino
- For more of the latest FIFA news updates visit www.dailymail.co.uk/fifa
Reluctant football chief David Gill is prepared to take a major role on the reformed FIFA finance committee after not wanting to put himself forward for the leadership of the FA, UEFA or FIFA.
Manchester United director Gill, who sits on the FIFA and UEFA executive committees and the FA board, would have been a strong contender for all three positions. But the 58-year-old is content after his years as chief executive at Old Trafford to have a seat around the top tables rather than being in the chair himself, and has repeatedly made that clear.
However, Gill is willing to become the senior FIFA figure on the finance committee – possibly the chairman – as someone with the professional financial qualifications required in the reforms voted in at the FIFA Congress.
David Gill is prepared to become FIFA’s senior figure on their reformed finance committee
It will be a crucial oversight commitment for Gill, especially as new FIFA president Gianni Infantino effectively won the election on his promise to double the funding FIFA pay to every national association to $5million (£3.6m) every four years at a cost of $1billion (£720m) at a time when FIFA’s projected budget has a deficit of $550m (£396m).
Gill is hopeful that FIFA’s financial fortunes will soon improve under Infantino, with new sponsors coming on board. He said: ‘We have to see what will happen in terms of the finance committee and the composition of the committee. Having said that, I now sit on UEFA’s finance committee and also have that role at the Premier League. So I would certainly be prepared to do it at FIFA.’
Of Infantino’s billion-dollar hand-outs, Gill said: ‘We don’t want to do anything that imperils the organisation.’
Gill (right) hopes FIFA’s financial fortunes will improve under new president Gianni Infantino (not pictured)
The election of Gianni Infantino as FIFA president has immediately led the FA to consider bidding for the 2030 World Cup. But the irony is that one of the post-election plans of Sheik Salman, if he had won the vote, was to encourage England to put their name forward for 2030. Prince Ali proved to be kingmaker, but he has no wish for a FIFA position as his campaign was about total change at Zurich.
Former UEFA general secretary Infantino is the new FIFA president after beating Sheik Salman
English football presenter Rebecca Lowe has signed a six-year contract to host NBC Sport’s coverage of the Premier League in the United States through to 2022.
NBC did a deal for two rights cycles when they extended their agreement with the Premier League – one of the first to be signed out of the £3billion rights haul from overseas.
NBC have shown the same faith in Lowe, 35, who has made a name for herself in America since working for Setanta on their short-lived PL partnership. Her deal is understood to be worth around $1m (£720,000) a year.
Rebecca Lowe has signed a six-year contract with NBC Sport to host their Premier League coverage
Disgraced former FIFA president Sepp Blatter is being allowed to stay in his FIFA apartment in Zurich but he will now have to pay the full commercial rate for renting the luxury premises.
He can also keep his top-of-the-range Mercedes company car – but only until the appeal over his six-year ban is heard by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
However, FIFA’s ethics committee may go to the CAS to call for Blatter and Michel Platini’s suspensions to be increased.
Sepp Blatter will pay the full commercial rate for renting his apartment in Zurich as he waits on his appeal
Eddie in a media ruck
England rugby head coach Eddie Jones’s prickly demeanour and downright rudeness to Irish rugby writers after the Six Nations game did him no favours.
And after announcing his own ridiculous media ban on speaking before the Wales game on Saturday week, Jones didn’t like being asked whether talking to the press should not be a condition of being reportedly the highest paid rugby coach in the world – £500,000-a-year plus bonuses.
It has become clear, three games into Jones’s England tenure, that his charismatic wise-cracking comes only on his own terms.
England head coach Eddie Jones has announced a media ban on speaking before facing Wales
Football League chairman Greg Clarke, who stands down this summer, has done a good enough job to be talked about as a credible candidate to replace Greg Dyke at the FA.
But Clarke works best behind the scenes rather than front of house – as he proved during his speech in the Wembley suite before the Capital One Cup final in which he welcomed Dyke as chairman of the Football League, Clarke’s own job.
Outgoing Football League chairman Greg Clarke (right) has been touted as the next FA chairman
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