New FA chairman concedes Premier League hurting England

Incoming FA chairman Greg Dyke says the strength of the Premier League has hurt the England national team.

Incoming FA chairman Greg Dyke says the strength of the Premier League has hurt the England national team.

The 65-year old former Manchester United director was instrumental in setting up the Barclays Premier League back in 1992 and believes it has developed into a "brilliant" competition.

But he told BBC Radio 5 Live: "I was around when the Premier League was set up, (but) I’m not sure it was set up to improve the England team.

"It was set up to improve the finances of the top clubs, which in some ways it has done, but the money goes straight through."

He added: "It’s become like the movie business, where there is a lot of income but it all goes to the talent.

"There is nothing wrong with that, except the process has distorted the situation, and now we have a situation where English football, by and large at the top level, is owned overseas, is managed by people from overseas and played by people from overseas. It’s turned it into a brilliant league, but it does give a problem with the English team."

Have your say