Criticism focuses on Evans

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Alun Evans, the embattled chief executive of the Football Association of Wales, has come under renewed fire in a report initiated by his own organisation which criticises the way Welsh football is run.

Evans, who is under pressure to resign following the national side's humiliating sequence of three defeats in their European Championship qualifying campaign, has been singled out in the review, which was commissioned by the FAW and is being sent to Welsh clubs.

The Review and Report on the administration of the Association, published yesterday, says: "Little supervision/management of staff ever really takes place and too much of the power within the staff group rested in the hands of one person [the chief executive], which inevitably created bottlenecks in decision-making."

As a result, the report claims: "The staff team generally felt a lack of direction and suffered from extremely low morale."

Possibly the most damning indictment of the FAW administration is the concern expressed about its cash flow.

Evans controls the large cash floats, used particularly on overseas trips for expenses, but the report claims: "The accounting for these floats is limited.

"Expenses may sometimes be paid by the Association which perhaps ought to be met out of an individual's daily allowance."

As well as taking flak for the poor form of the national side, Evans is also facing a challenge to his authority from John Reddy, the chairman of the GM Vauxhall Conference club Merthyr Tydfil, who has gained the support of the required 25 clubs to call an extraordinary general meeting to discuss the future of Welsh football. Reddy intends to propose a motion of no confidence in the FAW Council.

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