FA sets out on charm offensive with press

Brian Barwick and his acolytes at the FA have come over all warm and friendly at the start of the new era with Fabio Capello at the helm of England’s leaky ship of destiny, Kevin Eason writes in The Times.

Barwick, the chief executive, and his high command are so smitten by the new manager that the order went out to be nice to the press. Yes, they are that happy.

Pictures of the England team in their new Umbro kit were scheduled to go out from Action Images, the FA’s official picture agency, to all newspapers at the usual fee of £150 a snap.

But before paperwork could change hands, it was discovered that the pictures would be free of charge. Startled picture editors rang the FA’s London headquarters just to be sure, but were told there was no problem, enjoy the snaps compliments of the house thanks to the new “feel-good factor”.

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