FAW suspend president Steve Williams amid search for new manager

-Credit: (Image: John Smith/FAW)
-Credit: (Image: John Smith/FAW)

The Football Association of Wales (FAW) has suspended president Steve Williams.

WalesOnline understands the FAW's council was informed of the decision last week, with Williams suspended pending the outcome of an internal investigation.

The reason for the suspension isn't yet known, and a date for Williams' hearing hasn't yet been set.

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Williams told BBC Sport Wales: "I cannot comment. It's for the FAW to comment."

Williams currently has a year left on his term as FAW president, having been elected to the post in 2021.

Before holding that post he served on the council for more than 20 years and also had a stint as vice-president.

The news comes amid an ongoing search for a new head coach for the men's national team, following the dismissal of Rob Page earlier in the summer.

Williams, responsible for the running of all levels of Welsh football, was involved in the decision to sack Page, who was relieved of his duties following a dismal international double header that had seen Wales muster a goalless draw with Gibraltar and a heavy defeat to Slovakia.

Craig Bellamy and Thierry Henry have emerged as early contenders to take the post. Osian Roberts was also approached, but ruled himself out of the running on Monday night.

It's understood the FAW are ready to take their time on appointing a new boss, with the next international camp currently pencilled in for the autumn as Wales kick off their UEFA Nations League campaign at home to Turkey on September 6 before travelling to Montenegro three days later.