Departing Manchester United chief executive David Gill is set to take a key role with UEFA.
The Daily Mail says Gill is eager to secure his election to the UEFA executive committee at Mayâ€™s London congress.
Gill, who started his campaign for the Euro post early, has discovered during meetings with a number of the 53-strong electorate that remaining as United CEO was a big issue. This was due to concerns Gill would not have time to combine both roles. Relinquishing his Old Trafford job â€” although staying on the board â€” dilutes the club v country conflict of interest too.
Gillâ€™s now likely elevation to UEFAâ€™s top table will make him the countryâ€™s most influential football politician, when added to his FA vice-chairmanship and Premier League positions. Even a future tilt at the UEFA presidency cannot be ruled out.