Wednesday, December 16, 1998 Published at 10:16 GMT
England look to revive World Cup campaign
Graham Kelly: He quit over an alleged loan to the Welsh FA
The Football Association is urgently looking for a new chief executive to get the nation's bid to host the 2006 World Cup back on track.
The controversy, which surrounds reports of a £3.2m loan to the Welsh FA, has left the World Cup campaign in turmoil.
Mr Wiseman refused to go despite the unanimous vote of no confidence of the FA's executive committee.
The executive will hold a special council of FA members early next month to ask for their backing.
'Head held high'
As Mr Kelly left the FA headquarters for the last time he told reporters he had done nothing wrong and was leaving "through the front door" with his head held high.
The loan was allegedly promised by Mr Wiseman shortly before the Welsh FA supported his nomination as a Vice President of Fifa, the sport's international ruling body which ultimately decides where the World Cup is staged.
It is believed the only members of the FA executive who knew about the loan were Mr Wiseman and Mr Kelly.
Mr Davies said Mr Wiseman had been informed of the vote by FA vice-chairman Geoff Thompson.
"The executive will seek endorsement for their actions at a special FA council meeting in early January.
"This vote of no confidence was taken unanimously by all sections of the game.
He rejected suggestions that the resignation would damage England's chances of hosting the 2006 World Cup finals.
Mr Davies and Mr Thompson have been handed provisional control of the FA's affairs at its Lancaster Gate headquarters in London.
"I do not intend to make any comment at all until I have shared the full circumstances of this matter with them all - save that the version of events carried hitherto in the national press is a gross distortion of the truth."
According to a report in a Sunday newspaper, Mr Wiseman pledged a £3.2m grant to the hard-up Football Association of Wales, spread over eight years.
But the chairman rejected the reports, saying that such loans are "commonplace" and that there was "nothing wrong or unusual" about providing financial help to the FAW.
But the FAW has defended the loan and Mr Wiseman, saying: "All that money was to go to charity to help promote our youth and women's football in Wales.
"There was nothing sinister in it."