Snooker: Williams reveals blueprint

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The Independent Online
Rex Williams, the chairman of the game's governing body, the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association, yesterday unveiled a blueprint to end the sport's latest civil war.

Williams, heavily criticised for his part in the sacking of his chief executive, Jim McKenzie, last month, has outlined his views in a letter sent to all members of the WPBSA.

His plan has four parts: 1) To commission an independent report to find how best to manage the Association's organisation into the next millennium.

2) Appointed management consultants would draw up a shortlist of candidates for a new chief executive not necessarily brought in from inside snooker.

3) The number of voting members to be increased from the top 40 professionals to the top 64 in the last two years' ranking list.

4) A series of target groups to be established to advise and inform the Board on issues of concern as and when they arise.

The letter is published before the game's AGM at London's Cafe Royal next Friday where Williams' chief opponent, Ian Doyle, is expected to begin his campaign to have the chairman ousted.