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By ESPN Staff

LMA back Stevens report

The League Managers' Association have hailed Lord Stevens' report into alleged improper payments in Premiership transfer deals as a 'great opportunity to eradicate any suspicion of impropriety'.

Lord Stevens found no evidence of illegal payments at the end of a nine-month inquiry and his Quest team have cleared 345 of the 362 ransfers they were charged with investigating.

But they have asked for more time to look into the remaining 17 transfers having been delayed by the refusal to co-operate by eight agents.

The LMA issued a statement urging football's governing bodies to implement the observations and recommendations in the Stevens Report.

The statement noted that 'in a desire for transparency and accountability' there had to be a 'willingness from all those affected' to embrace the changes suggested.

The LMA said Stevens had 'recognised that in the Premiership, in almost all cases, transfers were handled by the chief executive or a nominated senior director' and that the manager/coach's role was to 'identify the club's requirements for players coming in and out.'

The LMA 'totally agree' that where a manager has a personal agent that agent should not be involved with transfer activity at the club and that same principle applied 'where an agent is a close relative of a manager or club official'.