Trevor Birch in contention for FA job
Trevor Birch's chances of taking over as the FA's next chief executive have grown after frontrunner Richard Scudamore ruled himself out of contention for the job.
Birch, who will judge the Accountancy Age awards to be presented at a gala dinner in November, is a former accountant with Ernst & Young.
Should he land the job he would be the second successive accountant in the role following Mark Palios, who resigned last month in the wake of a sex scandal involving himself, Sven Goran Eriksson and a former FA secretary Faria Alam.
A former chief executive at Everton, Leeds United and Chelsea, Birch has the necessary experience with football finance but it is not known whether he actually wants to take the job.