Newman's future secure as Crozier resigns from FA

Sources at the Football Association this week dismissed speculation that Paul Newman's future as the FA's director of comms was in doubt, following the resignation last week of CEO Adam Crozier.

Reports in the weekend media, following Crozier's resignation, suggested some FA officials were critical of recent publicity efforts and that Newman's role may change.

But sources close to Newman say despite his close professional relationship with Crozier, his future remained 'absolutely' with the FA.

Meanwhile Paul Barber, who joined the FA two years ago as marketing and comms director from Barclays Bank - where he was comms director for Retail Financial Services - has announced that he is staying in his post at the request of chairman Geoff Thompson.

Crozier's departure came amid pressure from Premier League chiefs over commercial deals involving the England team. This week the FA also lost its vice-chairman Frank Pattison.

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