Double blow for Sheepshanks

BLUES chairman David Sheepshanks is set to be handed a double snub by the Football Association.

Derek Davis

By Derek Davis

BLUES chairman David Sheepshanks is set to be handed a double snub by the Football Association.

After having his role marginalised at Ipswich Town, Sheepshanks has been told he will not be considered for the role as chief executive of England's 2018 World Cup bid or the same position with the English FA.

Liverpool chief executive Rick Parry is favourite to land the £500,000 a year job with the World Cup bid, although he has yet to confirm he will accept.

Senior BP executive Peter Mather, UEFA's Richard Worth, European ATP executive Andy Anson and media agency expert Dominic Proctor are also understood to be on the shortlist.

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The FA are still whittling down candidates for their chief executive role which will be vacated by Brian Barwick in the new year.

Sheepshanks, along with former Town chief executive Howard Wells was named as a possible contender, but is now not in the running.

The 56-year-old Sheepshanks lost his executive responsibilities at Ipswich Town in July but remains chairman of the plc, and the football club which is now owned by 87.5 per cent shareholder Marcus Evans.

Although merely a figurehead chairman, Sheepshanks needs the position to keep his place on the FA board and the Football League board.

He is also the non-executive chairman of international sport consultancy Alexander Ross and Environmental Biotech, which is an eco-friendly drainage company, and is regional chairman of Coutts Bank in Suffolk and Norfolk.

Sheepshanks was last night unavailable for comment.

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