FA opts for independent head of structural review

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The FA board decided yesterday to appoint an independent chairman to head the structural review which was ordered in the wake of the mismanagement of the Faria Alam controversy.

The FA board decided yesterday to appoint an independent chairman to head the structural review which was ordered in the wake of the mismanagement of the Faria Alam controversy.

Richard Caborn, the Sports Minister, had informally made it clear that he was in favour of an outside figure being brought in to mediate between the different interest groups in the wake of the affair, which embroiled the England coach, Sven Goran Eriksson, in media controversy over his relationship with Ms Alam, who worked as a personal assistant at the FA. The scandal also caused the resignation of the FA chief executive, Mark Palios, after attempts to cover up his own relationship with Ms Alam were exposed.

The 12 board members have nevertheless given themselves a further 14 days to decide how the independent review chairman should be chosen. They must also consider what part the game's stakeholders, such as the Professional Footballers' Association and League Managers' Association, should play in the review.

The next meeting of the FA board will take place on 29 September. Before then steps will be taken to fill the post of chief executive, left vacant by Mr Palios' resignation, with advertisements appearing during the first two weeks of next month.

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