AFC Wimbledon have suspended manager Wally Downes from first-team duties following an FA misconduct charge related to betting on football matches.
A club statement read: “Club manager Wally Downes has been suspended from first team duties pending further notice.
“The club has been informed that Wally has been charged by the FA for Misconduct under FA Rule E1(b) in respect of 8 bets placed on football matches between 30 November 2013 and 12 July 2019.”
Given the seriousness of this breach in FA regulations, the club has decided to suspend Wally with immediate effect, giving time for the club and Dons Trust boards to look at the allegations more closely and make a further announcement in due course.
Saturday’s match with Peterborough United will be managed by Glyn Hodges and the coaching staff.
Downes was appointed as Dons boss in December last year and successfully helped them avoid relegation.
The 58-year-old spent nine years at Wimbledon (now MK Dons) during his playing career after starting as the club’s first-ever apprentice.
He suffered an unfortunate four leg breaks whilst playing, and retired shortly after leaving Wimbledon.
AFC Wimbledon have struggled under his stewardship this season, with the club languishing in 22nd in the table, with only Bolton beneath them.
They are et to record a win this season, having fallen to seven defeats in their 10 matches.