The F. A. has been described as a dysfunctional organisation run by “ amateurs with little commercial savvy” (Bower 2005). The F. A. has been subject to many scandals over the years. These include an affair between the England team manager and an F. A. secretary, who also had a secret past relationship with the F. A. chief executive. Other scandals involve match-fixing and bribes. Three chief executives have resigned within four years. Leadership has also been known to have conflicts of interest, with chief executives heading up different organisations simultaneously. There are also indications that the Premier League, created by the F. A.
in 1992 for elite football, has almost constant disagreements with the F. A. There are disagreements about whether the F. A. should exert more control over the Premier League. Ironically, there are even disagreements about whether the Premier League should actually control the F. A. The Premier League has accused the F. A. of incompetence and flawed structure in the light of the scandals it faced. All of this dysfunction could presumably affect a coach affiliated with the F. A. if only to lower morale on the job or cause distractions on the job.
But it is also a sign that the association may not be running effectively, and this could seriously impact the effectiveness of a coach affiliated with the F. A. in turn. It has been a criticism of the F. A.’ s structure that they have a sort of duplicity in its goals now. Although the F. A. began as an amateur organisation, which wrote the Laws of the Game for football in 1863, there have been major changes to the F. A. organisation. The biggest of these occurred when the F. A.
began the Premier League and became involved commercially, while still trying to handle the grassroots football. Depending on whether a coach works at the local community level or the elite level, this duplicity of the F. A. may or may not be a good thing for the coach. The F. A.’ s structure may not be ideal for coaches because they do not focus on one level of sport; there is always the potential for a conflict of interests to impact all levels of the F. A. The F. A. also has a relationship with Sport England, through Sport England’ s funding of the F. A.
Sport England is a government body will large sums of money at its disposal. For instance, in 2004, Sport England provided the F.A. with £ 500, 000 for grassroots football.
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