New FA chairman is in the offing as board meets to make its choice

Football ASSOCIATION board members were due to gather today for one of their most important meetings in recent history.

The board is expected to choose the new FA chairman - with former Arsenal vice-chairman David Dein the clear favourite - and will also hear a post-mortem of England's failure to host the 2018 World Cup and the first details of a review of international player development.

The appointment of a new permanent chairman follows Lord Triesman's enforced resignation in May.

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Bolton chairman Phil Gartside is head of the nominations committee appointed to find Triesman's successor, and he is expected to present one name, or possibly two, to fellow board members today.

Acting chairman Roger Burden was initially the favourite until he withdrew his application following England 2018's World Cup defeat, on the grounds that he "could not trust" FIFA. Other names in the frame include Sir Keith Mills, deputy chairman of the London 2012 Olympics, Andrew Croker, son of ex-FA general secretary Ted Croker, and ex-Football League chairman David Sheepshanks.