Last updated : 01 April 2004 By Editor
It would have been one less ABU in the FA to worry about.

Mark Palios on the vigour’s of being a modern day Saint:

“When the players' vote came in on the Tuesday night, I went
into the kitchen and my eldest daughter said, 'What's the
matter?' I said, 'I have to make some calls to the
international committee because the players don't want to go
(to Istanbul). If they don't back me, I resign tomorrow.'

"I was completely relaxed because I knew I had done the
right thing. If the FA had changed their mind because of the
pressure being put on them, the position was untenable. I
would have lost credibility. I would have been a lame duck.
I don't want to open old wounds, but the decision was the
right one."