“…this has nothing to do with football. This has nothing to do with junior development. This is nothing to do with junior development. And has everything to do with a power play. This is 100% about power, the base of power in Australian football. The base of power in Australian football used to rest with the top-tier clubs of the NSL.”
“We all know that is now no longer the case, and there are certain former NSL clubs that cannot handle that fact. And they’ve tried everything. They’ve tried everything in their grasp to try and wield power back. This is just another one of many steps to try and re-dress the power balance as they see it.”
“The NPL clubs represent three per cent of the participation base of our sport. What about the community clubs? So, who’s championing for the community clubs to get a seat at the FFA table when they go through their governance re-organisation? So all this is, is a power play to ensure the former NSL clubs get a seat at the table…”
“The spotlight needs to be shone on the Australian football media who have let this go without any scrutiny whatsoever. It’s unfair on the million participants in Australia to let a minority of stakeholders dictate the agenda.”
“Where is the FFA in setting this agenda? They’ve lost control of the agenda. The only reasonable explanation is that the FFA are sitting back, in their tower in Sydney, looking at this play out and saying let’s give these NPL clubs enough rope to hang themselves, because there is no logical justification for them to claim the power that they are seeking. It’s an absolute farce.”
“In terms of elite development and pathways, and a model that’s national and takes into account the A-League at the top of the tree, and those pathways for the junior players; it was the same agitators within the NPL clubs in Victoria that took the FFV to court and prohibited the implementation of that model that serviced football in Victoria”
It’s farcical to suggest that the masses that are appealed to by the A-League are a minority when the A-League is now in a financial position that it supports the FFA, which is the absolute converse situation that used to be the case with the NSL. So the Socceroos used to be the cash cow for the FFA, now it’s turned around to the extent that Anthony di Pietro stands up at Victory in Business and demands that the FFA spends more revenue earnt by the A-League on the A-League. The A-League has absolutely turned 180 degrees that level of power of Australian football. The former NSL clubs that are sitting there trying to get their piece of the pie are missing the point.
Wow. A rant of epic proportions but fascinating and enlightening all the same. Stimulating the debate that needs to be had.