Jim Lyon - Dyke will need to stop the flood

Northamptonshire Telegraph's sports writers Jon Dunham, Jim Lyon and Alec Swann.
Northamptonshire Telegraph's sports writers Jon Dunham, Jim Lyon and Alec Swann.
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The Dutch have been doing it for centuries, now the Football Association are following their lead.

Much of The Netherlands would be underwater without the use of their dikes.

The FA seem to think now is the time to employ their own Dyke, Greg of that ilk, to hold back the flood they are currently fighting.

Good luck to him. He’ll need it.

Leading the FA has become a chalice almost as poisoned as one of Dyke’s former roles – director general at the BBC.

Although twitter and Facebook will tell you the pressing issues to be dealt with are Rio’s absence, Callum’s high tackle and a plethora of sack-happy club chairman, problems run a lot deeper.

There has been a lot of bluster but varied end product in dealing with homophobia and racism.

Disciplining clubs and players is haphazard for both on and off-field indiscretions.

Application of their ‘fit and proper’ qualifications for club ownership are, obviously, not being met with the motives of random overseas buyers who are taking control of sides being highly questionable.

Grass roots, a struggling England team, ever-increasing ticket prices....

There are other issues. Many other issues.

That is the problem. The FA’s governance of the whole of football has been called into question.

Not just by fans or the media but parliament as well.

It is less than two months ago that the culture, media and sport select committee called the FA weak, said its structure was completely flawed and that it was effectively financially bullied by the Premier League. A damning indictment on the way any organisation is doing its job.

The Association’s rules state that its chairman must stand down at 70 meaning David Bernstein’s time had been decided for him.

But, noble chap that he is and for all the good settling work he has done, there was no way he could continue any longer anyway.

There will be other changes. There have to be.

The threat of legislation and a deadline before intervention comes along means a turnaround will need to be both swift and dramatic.

Standing up to the rich Premier League forces will be the first test but there will be plenty of others.

The FA needs to bite back and show all those who take part in the national game who is boss.

So, good luck Greg Dyke.

He might need to possess skills even Canute lacked because, at the moment, the problems are coming wave after wave.