Peter Coates welcomes new FA boss Greg Dyke
STOKE City chairman Peter Coates has applauded today's announcement that former BBC Director General Greg Dyke is to become the new chairman of the FA.
Dyke, who is 65 and has been non-executive chairman of Brentford since 2006, is poised to take over from David Bernstein.
Coates, who sits on the FA Council which has to ratify Dyke's appointment, said: "I imagine the Council would welcome his choice and vote him in."
He added: "He has been involved with Brentford for some time now and that alone shows a real commitment to football.
"He is also a very high quality guy with a vast experience in many other fields that gives him a very impressive CV.
"He certainly has a lot of experience in the media and that should make him a good communicator on the FA's behalf.
"To me, he seems a very sensible choice, a man who will represent the FA very well."
Bernstein, FA chairman since January 2011, has been forced to step down after the FA declined to change their rule which says he has to retire at the age of 70.