New FIFA president Infantino offered help by ex-Man United boss David Gill
Former Manchester United chief executive David Gill is ready to play a key role in helping oversee FIFA's finances under the world governing body's new president, Gianni Infantino.
Gill, who remains a non-executive director at United after standing down as chief executive in 2013, is a chartered accountant and is prepared to play a significant role in Infantino's administration as FIFA bids to recover from the worst crisis of its 112-year history.
The 58-year-old is a member of the UEFA executive committee and a FIFA vice-president, serving on the executive committee which is to be expanded to a 36-seat council following the passing of reforms designed to improve the governance of the organisation.
FIFA has been riddled with corruption and alleged misdemeanours in recent years and months and the reforms aim to end the malpractice.
FIFA's finance committee, under the reforms, may have an independent chairman, while any executive committee member who also sits on the finance committee must have a financial qualification.
"We have to see what will happen in terms of the finance committee chairman and the composition of the committee," said Gill, a Football Association board member.
"Having said that, I now sit on UEFA's finance committee and I have also had that role at the Premier League so I would certainly be prepared to do it at FIFA.
"Anything's going to be a tough gig. FIFA's got to rebuild. We've got to do it. I'm happy to get involved."
Gill announced his intention to resign from FIFA's executive committee after Sepp Blatter was elected president for a fifth term last May. Gill "simply could not countenance serving" alongside Blatter.
But the events in the days which followed -- when Blatter stood aside before later being hit with a six-year ban from football-related activity, which he continues to contest -- prompted a rethink from Gill and last week's extraordinary congress in Zurich at which Infantino was elected FIFA's ninth president.
Gill has confidence in Infantino to lead FIFA into a new era.
"What he can do -- and what he has done at UEFA -- is build a good team around him," Gill added.
"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.
"I'm very confident he'll build a team to do it. 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."
One of Infantino's key pledges in his campaigning was to more than double football development grants for each of FIFA's 209 member associations to US$5 million over four years.
The pledge was criticised as not feasible by presidential rivals, while acting secretary general Markus Kattner on Friday revealed FIFA was US$550 million behind its projected US$5 billion revenue target for the four-year cycle until 2018. The shortfall was attributed to the crisis.
Infantino was bullish after his election, promising sponsors would return, while Gill was cautious.
"We don't want to do anything that imperils the organisation," he said.