Speculation was rife around Sheffield today that former player Jason Ferguson is about to return as Chairman of the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association.
It is rumoured that Ferguson will take up the position when current Chairman Barry Hearn steps aside to take up the chairmanship of the new company that he is setting up to run the sport.
Ferguson is believed to be attending a Board meeting of the WPBSA today.
Followers of the game will be somewhat surprised by this appointment, especially those critical of Ferguson’s previous stewardship.
Ferguson succeeded Mark Wildman as the chairman of the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association, snooker's governing body, in 2001.
After just one week in office, he rocked the sport by endorsing a board decision to sack the chief executive, Jim McKenzie, a move that has angered several leading players, including the then world champion Ronnie O'Sullivan, a supporter of the Hearn plans.
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