FA appoint Watmore to replace Barwick

The English FA has appointed Ian Watmore as its new chief executive, succeeding Brian Barwick who left the post at the end of last year. "It's a great challenge and one I'm really looking forward to ... I want to ensure we are achieving success on and off the pitch across all levels of the game," Watmore said in a statement on the FA's website. The FA interviewed three candidates for the job before picking 50-year-old Watmore, a top civil servant whose most recent role was as permanent secretary for the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills. The FA expects him to take up his post in June.