St Helens Chairman Eamonn McManus has spoken publically for the first time since the suspension of coach Ian Millward pending disciplinary proceedings.
The Chairman issued a statement in the face of negative public opinion surrounding the actions of the club from fans, press, the general public - and even a St Helens Board member.
McManus criticised other parties for not adhering to the confidential nature of the disciplinary process. Millward is under contrat to St Helens for another two and a half years, and a decision on his fate is expected some time in the next twenty-four hours.
Details are in the following UK press articles: Chairman launches fierce defence of suspension by Andy Wilson of The Guardian
McManus charges Millward with 'destabilising' Saints by Dave Hadfield of The Independent
Saints board not to blame, says Director by David Laurenson of The Observer
Fans back Millward to put pressure on Saints by Dave Hadfield of The Independent