Sven's future in doubt after Palios no-show

Last updated at 15:51 27 July 2004

The Football Association maintained it was business as usual at Soho Square today despite continuing speculation over the futures of chief executive Mark Palios and England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson.

Palios had originally been scheduled to present the FA's new disciplinary code to the media at FA headquarters this morning and his absence following newspaper revelations over the private lives of both himself and Eriksson only served to heighten speculation over their futures.

FA project manager Brendon Batson, who has been the driving force behind a disciplinary review, carried out the media presentation as the governing body tried to quell the interest in Palios and Eriksson.

FA spokesman Adrian Bevington said: "It is carry on as normal.

"He (Palios) may not be in the building at the moment but has continued to go about his duties as usual.

"Mark often may attend a briefing, or he may not, but it was always going to be Brendon's project and Brendon to speak to the media in this situation and that hasn't changed.

"The main purpose of this is to discuss, and make the media and public aware of the new procedures and the best person to do that is Brendon, who has been the project manager."

Eriksson's position in doubt

Palios' absence from the briefing came on the back of pressure for clarification on the position of Eriksson.

A member of the FA board had called for answers over the latest revelations about Eriksson.

The FA had been forced to retract a statement issued last week denying Eriksson's involvement with a female member of staff after reports in a Sunday newspaper.

It has also been revealed that Palios had a relationship with the same woman.

Board member David Henson believes the whole affair has been an embarrassment to the FA and wants an investigation.

Henson told The Guardian: "It makes us look like idiots because there was a denial and then we were told that it did happen.

"We are left looking like mugs and that can't be right. We have been left high and dry.

"There's so many questions to answer and we will be expecting those to be answered this week.

"For an outsider looking in, it doesn't paint a very good picture."

The FA board are not due to meet until August 26 but it is believed an emergency meeting could now be called.

Eriksson is currently on holiday in Sweden and is not expected to return to England until next week.

It is not the first time that Eriksson's activities have received tabloid exposure.

Two years ago he was revealed to have had an affair with TV presenter Ulrika Jonsson. He has also twice been photographed meeting with Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich and chief executive Peter Kenyon leading to speculation he was being courted by the London club.

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