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Watmore steps down as FA chief executive

The FA have confirmed that chief executive Ian Watmore has resigned from his position after only nine months in the role since succeeding Brian Barwick.

It is rumoured that the decision is a mixture of anger and frustration at what he saw as attempts by some members of the board, allegedly the Premier League repre­sen­ta­tives, to undermine his power.

Last week Watmore is believed to have held talks with FA chairman, Lord David Triesman, after becoming “disillusioned” and “exasperated” with the influence wielded by the Premier League.

In an official statement, FA chairman Lord David Triesman said: “Ian Watmore tendered his resignation to me on Friday. I asked him to re-consider over the weekend. However, he has confirmed that his position remains unchanged and I have accepted it with great regret.”

Watmore, a former civil servant, worked for Triesman when he was UK government minister for Innovation, Universities and Skills.

The board will meet today to decide on further action with regards to the now vacant post of chief executive.

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