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FA General Secretary Alex Horne to leave post in January

FA General Secretary Alex Horne will leave his post at the end of January.

Horne has worked at the FA for 11 years, beginning as Finance Director in February 2004 and was Managing Director of Wembley Stadium, overseeing its completion and opening.

He went on to become Chief Operating Officer in May 2008 before taking up his current role in May 2010.

As part of the Club England structure, Horne is also involved in the selection process for a new national manager but he will part company with English football’s governing body early in 2015.

"I am incredibly proud to have worked for The FA for over a decade in many differing roles,” Horne told the FA’s official website.

“It's been a privilege to have played my part in the financing, build and opening of Wembley Stadium and the National Football Centre at St. George's Park, both of which will provide a huge benefit for the game.

"More importantly, it's been a pleasure to work alongside so many devoted and talented people within The FA who are passionate about developing and improving football across the country at all levels.

"This is probably the toughest decision I have made during my career. But after 11 fantastic years at The FA, I have decided to move on.

"At the age of 42, the time is right for me to look for a change of direction and I will be leaving the organisation at the end of January next year.”

FA chairman Greg Dyke acknowledged the work put in by Horne during his time with the organisation.

"On behalf of the Board and the staff at The FA, I would like to thank Alex for his dedicated leadership in a variety of roles over the last decade,” said Dyke.

"I will now work with the Board on finding his successor."

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