Letter to the Chairman of the Committee
from Mr Bob Stubbs (former Chief Executive of WNSL)
WEMBLEY NATIONAL STADIUM LIMITED
I gather from media reports that the Committee
will revisit the Wembley Stadium project at its hearings on Tuesday
21 May 2002 and Thursday 23 May 2002.
I believe that on Tuesday, 21 May the Committee
will hear from an organisation called "Tropus" whom
I understand have produced a report which may have raised certain
issues in relation to the management of the project during my
time as Chief Executive of Wembley National Stadium Limited (WNSL),
from inception until July 2001.
Following my departure from WNSL I became aware
that third parties had raised some issues with The FA or WNSL
in relation to the conduct of the Company's affairs. I contacted
the Chairman of WNSL offering to assist and co-operate with any
reviews or discussions that may be taking place. To date I have
received no response to my offer.
It would appear that WNSL have commissioned
reviews from both Tropus and David James, which based on various
press reports contain innuendos and/or allegations relating to
the performance of the Company, individual managers and perhaps,
me. I would emphasise that I have not seen either the Tropus or
David James reports and no-one from the FA, WNSL, Tropus or the
David James organisation has ever approached me to seek any explanation
or establish the factual accuracy of these reports.
The manner in which WNSL has conducted itself
appears to be inconsistent with the concept of natural justice
and standard professional ethics and in addition raises questions
about the motives of those involved and the veracity of the conclusions
I thought it important to bring these matters
to your attention so that both you and the Committee are aware
of the background to the preparation of the Tropus report.
At the current time I cannot address any of
the matters which may have been raised in the Tropus report, as
I have no knowledge of it. However I would be more than happy
to co-operate with the Select Committee's review in any manner
you feel would be appropriate.
17 May 2002
1 See the joint memorandum submitted by Mr
Ken Bates and Mr Bob Stubbs in the Appendices to the Minutes of
Evidence below. Back