Greg Dyke
Dyke will leave The FA in the summer after two years at the helm of English football Getty Images

Greg Dyke will depart as chairman of the Football Association following the summer's European Championships after opting not to seek a second term with the governing body. Dyke, who turns 69 in May, had initially planned to stand for another year, however he has made a U-turn over the decision due to opposition to his reforms.

Among his proposals is the tightening of rules regarding the signing of non-EU players and permitting Premier League B teams to play in the Football League to allow the harnessing of young English players. However, hostility towards these ideas from the FA Council has forced him into a premature exit and he believes a more "conciliatory figure" is required.

"I had already decided that if no reform was possible I was going to leave anyway this summer, a position I had shared with a number of colleagues," Dyke, who succeeded David Bernstein in July 2013, said in a statement to the FA Board on 28 January.

"What I now see is that even if we get the reform through (which will be a difficult and divisive process although essential), I am probably not the best person to pick up the pieces following the inevitable discord.

"However, whichever way the vote goes on reform, I think the FA will need more of a conciliatory figure than me to build on what has been achieved. So having said all that, you've probably guessed what I intend to say. I have changed my mind about standing for a final year in the summer but I will devote my time in the coming months to press for acceptance of the board's much needed, long overdue reform programme."