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Tuesday, 12 February 2019

Gallop facing FFA review over Stajcic axing


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Football Federation Australia chief executive David Gallop could potentially lose his job as a result of the controversial dismissal of Matildas coach Alen Stajcic.

According to a Sydney Morning Herald report, Gallop's position along with head of women's football Emma Highwood and head of national teams Luke Casserly will be subjected to an "in-depth review" by the FFA board.

The FFA board is understood to have come to a decision to conduct a review in a five-hour meeting held just hours after Stajcic made his first public appearance since being sacked.

Stajcic's abrupt dismissal caught many by surprise and has caused an outpouring of emotion, and a source from the board told the Sydney Morning Herald why the review is taking place in no uncertain terms.

David Gallop

"Every one of our staff will have a performance review because this has trashed our brand," the source said.

The revelation that the FFA will review all positions including that of Gallop comes after FFA chairman Chris Nikou hit back at Stajcic's claims of "injustice" in a statement.

"We disagree with many of his assertions and were surprised by a number of his comments," Nikou said.

"Indeed Mr Stajcic, by his own admission and in the presence of an FFA lawyer and the FFA CEO David Gallop, said that the team environment was ‘dysfunctional’ and was ‘always going to be this way’.

Alen Stajcic

"In those circumstances we decided to act in time to put the team’s FIFA Women’s World Cup campaign back on track. It’s the board’s duty to make these decisions. 

“We have been 100 percent focused on the immediate and long-term well-being of our team and staff.

"It was and remains our sole motivation. Any suggestions to the contrary are incorrect.

"Nothing Mr Stajcic said changes the facts, that built up over time, that informed the FFA’s decision to legally terminate his employment as coach of the Matildas."

Football Federation Australia chief executive David Gallop could potentially lose his job as a result of the controversial dismissal of Matildas coach Alen Stajcic.

According to a Sydney Morning Herald report, Gallop's position along with head of women's football Emma Highwood and head of national teams Luke Casserly will be subjected to an "in-depth review" by the FFA board.

The FFA board is understood to have come to a decision to conduct a review in a five-hour meeting held just hours after Stajcic made his first public appearance since being sacked.

Stajcic's abrupt dismissal caught many by surprise and has caused an outpouring of emotion, and a source from the board told the Sydney Morning Herald why the review is taking place in no uncertain terms.

David Gallop

"Every one of our staff will have a performance review because this has trashed our brand," the source said.

The revelation that the FFA will review all positions including that of Gallop comes after FFA chairman Chris Nikou hit back at Stajcic's claims of "injustice" in a statement.

"We disagree with many of his assertions and were surprised by a number of his comments," Nikou said.

"Indeed Mr Stajcic, by his own admission and in the presence of an FFA lawyer and the FFA CEO David Gallop, said that the team environment was ‘dysfunctional’ and was ‘always going to be this way’.

Alen Stajcic

"In those circumstances we decided to act in time to put the team’s FIFA Women’s World Cup campaign back on track. It’s the board’s duty to make these decisions. 

“We have been 100 percent focused on the immediate and long-term well-being of our team and staff.

"It was and remains our sole motivation. Any suggestions to the contrary are incorrect.

"Nothing Mr Stajcic said changes the facts, that built up over time, that informed the FFA’s decision to legally terminate his employment as coach of the Matildas."

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