David Gallop RESIGNS as head of the Australia Football Federation – despite being on his contract for another year
- David Gallop, 53, leaves his role as president on December 31, according to FFA
- The sports manager announced his resignation on Thursday
- The New Leagues Working Group is working on a new & # 39; governance model & # 39;
David Gallop has resigned from the Australian Football Association.
The FFA announced on Thursday afternoon that the chief executive will leave his role on December 31.
& # 39; David has provided strong and distinctive leadership over a long period of time, especially due to a difficult last few years for FFA because we have managed the governance and structural changes around the game & # 39 ;, said chairman Chris Nikou in a statement.
& # 39; We are working together for the next six months and we will continue to relocate FFA for continued success.
& # 39; Although he will be with us for a while, David will leave us with our respect and sincere best wishes for continued success in the next phase of his career. & # 39;
FFA CEO David Gallop will resign from his role on December 31
Gallop (shown in May with football legend Julie Dolan) took on the role in 2012
Mr. Nikou said the decision will come when the New Leagues Working Group is working on a new & # 39; governance model & # 39; for the Australian Football Leagues and FFA.
Gallop, who previously served as the secretary of the Rugby League International Federation, became FFA & # 39; s chief executive in 2012 and had one year to go in his contract.
The 53-year-old issued a statement in which he thanked the board for the past seven years.
& # 39; It was an honor to be able to lead FFA for the past seven years, & # 39; said Gallop.
& # 39; Football is the real world game and many Australians from all backgrounds want to see it grow bigger and stronger in the coming decades. From the Caltex Socceroos and the Westfield Matildas to the huge participation base of men, women, boys and girls who like to kick a football, there are so many wonderful ways to enjoy the sport. & # 39;
# With the NLWG recommendations to bring about fundamental changes to Australia's professional leagues – the Hyundai A-League, Westfield W-League and Foxtel Y-League (the leagues) and FFA – the role of the chief will executive as it currently looks are a very different, narrower role.
CEO David Gallop, Socceroos Head Coach Graham Arnold and ANZ Stadium CEO Daryl Kerry
& # 39; It makes sense that everyone has time to openly determine what that new role and leadership look like.
& # 39; My goal is to ensure a seamless transition, with minimal disruption to the good work of the very many people in the Federations, the League's, the NPL and community clubs that work so hard to complete the extensive agenda of the game. & # 39;
& # 39; I sincerely thank Chris and the current board, as well as the previous presidents and board members who have given me the opportunity to lead a fantastic team of talented, passionate and dedicated people at FFA. & # 39;
There is plenty of work to do, including the completion of our bid to organize the FIFA Women & # 39; s World Cup in 2023. It would be fantastic at so many levels as Australia such a large football tournament and a could organize a world event. & # 39;
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