Paul Elliott has received a glowing endorsement on his suitability to become next FA chairman.
England boss Gareth Southgate named former Chelsea defender Elliott as the ideal candidate to replace disgraced Greg Clarke as the head of the Football Association.
Southgate believes the fact Elliott is an ex-player and currently sits on the FA’s inclusion and advisory panel as he even warned they do not want a repeat of Donald Trump’s presidency.
“What I admire about somebody like Paul Elliott is that he’s committed himself to football administration,” said Southgate.
“We should have a football person and that’s why I like the fact Paul sits in on the board, because we have a football person in there.
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“So, yes there’s a frustration in the process in terms of electing Paul, but I do understand that’s to stop a mad person coming in and bringing in five of his mates on to a board. You could have a situation like we almost could have in America.
“There has to be some sort of constitution, but I think we’ve all been frustrated at the speed of change because in this instance in particular it seems obvious that there’s an opportunity there.
“I don’t know if Paul’s the right person for the main role. That’s not a decision for me.
“But I’m just pointing out the type of challenges that football administrators have to have and the type of qualities they have to have.
“It isn’t for everybody and a lot of the people that are proposed, populist views, don’t really want to put the hours in and don’t really want to put the hard yards in or have that responsibility.
“It’s an enormous responsibility and it will lead to a lot of criticism a lot of the time, so it’s got to be a very particular type of person.
“I’m highlighting Paul because I think I greatly respect what he’s done within our organisation.
“But, I repeat, I don’t know if being the chairman would be the right position for him. But I think to be on the board would be a positive move for sure.”