Mawhinney claims FA unrest

23 March 2010 10:18

Outgoing Football League chairman Lord Mawhinney believes Ian Watmore's surprise resignation as Football Association chief executive proves there are structural problems within the governing body.

Watmore stepped down from a post he had held for less than a year after growing frustrated that his proposals for change were being blocked. The FA will now search for a seventh chief executive in 10 years after naming Alex Horne to act in the role following an emergency board meeting on Tuesday afternoon.

"There is no doubt that there is a structural problem, not least in the relationship between the FA on one hand and the two professional leagues on the other," the 69-year-old told Sky News.

"There may well be personality issues as well, but there is a structural problem.

"I suspect that what we are hearing is an implicit recognition that structural problems still exist."

FA chairman Lord Triesman denied reports Watmore had left because of a personality clash and claimed there is stability at Wembley.

Mawhinney is not convinced, however, and added: "The FA board issued a statement tonight which says there wasn't a problem with the professional game, that there really wasn't a problem with any individual, that there isn't a problem that they can't solve and we don't need government to solve.

"So we're left asking, if that's the case, why did he go?"

Source: PA