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Gill happy to help Infantino

SoccerNews in General Soccer News 29 Feb 2016

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Former Manchester United chief executive David Gill said he would be happy to help new FIFA president Gianni Infantino reform FIFA’s finances.

Gill is widely recognised as the man responsible for helping transform United into the commercial giants they have become off the pitch and he has worked closely with Infantino at UEFA since leaving the club to take a spot on the body’s executive committee in 2013.

Gill, 58, said: “FIFA has got to rebuild.”

“I sit on UEFA’s finance committee and had that role at the Premier League so I would be prepared to do it at FIFA.”

FIFA’s executive committee is set to be expanded to a 36-seat council following reforms passed as Infantino was elected president, succeeding Sepp Blatter as the world governing body looks to recover from a corruption crisis.

“I am happy to get involved,” said Gill, who is a qualified chartered accountant.

“What Infantino can do – and what he has done at UEFA – is build a good team around him.

“It’s not just one person doing it. Yes, he’s president and he’ll set the tone. But, at the same time, he will understand he’s got to do it with a team.

“He’s got a great understanding of what it takes to run UEFA. He can use those skills and translate those on to the world stage now.”

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