Is David Dein an influence on the FA?
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has claimed Arsenal's vice chairman David Dein has influence on the Football Association in his position as one of four members representing the Premier League.
"After the first five games of next season's [CL] we have to play away while Arsenal are at home....We play Arsenal on a Sunday. Why? Because it's Arsenal and the game follows an international.....If I stay with Chelsea for five years maybe Mr Dein will not be with the FA anymore and Chelsea will have a different season. A person who works for a club should not work for the FA."
The other three members representing the Premier League are chairmen Phil Gartside, Robert Coar and Dave Richards, of Bolton wanderers, Blackburn Rovers and the Premier League respectively. In fairness to Mr Dein, these representatives are voted in by the Premiership chairmen, including Chelsea's. And one has to look at the positions of Mr Coar and Mr Gartside, do they have influence in regard to their respective clubs?
Whichever way your opinion sways, no doubt the FA will be calling on Mourinho yet again to explain himself. Personally, I cannot see enough to suggest Mr Dein has any influence, but then I looked at the fixture list for this coming season......