David Dein is a football entrepreneur and successful businessman.
He is the former vice-chairman of both Arsenal Football Club and
the Football Association. He was also the chairman of the G-14 group
of European football clubs between October 2006 and May 2007. In
August 2007 he sold his shares in Arsenal F.C. to London-based business
company Red & White for £75 million. When he bought them
originally for £250,000 he was told he was mad and that it
was dead money
At Arsenal he was responsible for football matters, taking an active
role in the transfer of players and contract negotiations where
he was able to use his extensive network of football contacts. Dein
was behind the appointment of the then little known Arsène
Wenger to the manager's job in 1996; under Wenger Arsenal have won
the FA Premier League three times and the FA Cup four times, and
Dein strongly backed him and his transfer wishes throughout.
In 1986 Dein was voted onto the board of the Football League Management
Committee and subsequently achieved a place on the FA Council. He
was also a major force in the inception of the FA Premier League
in 1992. He eventually rose to the position of vice-chairman of
the FA in 2000, a post he held until 2004 when it was scrapped after
restructuring. He was subsequently re-elected to the FA Board as
an FA Premier League representative.
Dein also helped obtain Arsenal's entry into the G-14 group of
major European football clubs in 2002, and became chairman of the
G-14 in October 2006. A keen promoter of women's football, he was
also President of Arsenal Ladies Football Club, the most successful
English women's football team, while Arsenal vice-chairman.
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