Starting Over in 2017

7 thoughts on “Starting Over in 2017

  • January 5, 2017 at 11:14 am

    To be honest Ashley I don’t believe what the Standing Committees or Zone Reps have achieved is up for conjecture at all. If you were to ask anyone who has followed the local game for 10/15 years+ or cast an eye on the various social media outlets discussing the game it is abundantly clear these entities haven’t achieved anything of note at all and most punters are aware of this. Further supporting this notion is your statement that the former FW CEO, no less, claiming it wasn’t in the interest of FW to have these entities working functionally. In hindsight, I guess he did achieve that at least.

    Let’s be clear though. This isn’t so much a question as to what the Standing Committees/Zone Reps offer but more so the overriding concern that the general stakeholder evidently has NO established (official) representation to channel concerns and grievances about how the game is administered and that in itself is totally unacceptable.

    Therefore we may blog til the cows come home and online forums can continue to go into overdrive about just how poor Football West manage the game in this state but until FFA or the State Govt (who provide funding) or anyone else for that matter intervenes then FW will continue doing exactly what they want to do unchallenged and with no threat of reprimand whatsoever.

  • January 4, 2017 at 8:54 am

    Thank you FL and compliments of the season to you and your family.

    The point that you raise is a very valid one. We all know what purpose the Zone Reps and Standing Committees are supposed to serve but whether they have achieved that in WA is open to conjecture. Sadly as the former CEO said to me it is not in his interests for them to be functional. I think it shows how the board wants to ‘control’ or influence the Standing Committees that they have representatives sitting in on meetings. That is not the role of the Board, yet the various committees welcome these people at their meetings.

    I am all in favour of restructuring the decision process but tat is never going to happen. This is now a national structure and so we are stuck with it. What we need are the right people who understand their responsibilities and who are held accountable.

    As you quite rightly say if they are not going to hold the administrators accountable and are not going to drive the direction of the game we may as well abandon the system altogether. Currently the Board seem to be driving things, yet their role is to ensure that the organisation is run properly in every area and that all the checks and balances are in place. Is it and over domineering board who has sucked the life out of the Standing committees or is it weak standing committees who have handed the Board the power to influence things that should not be driven at board level?

    Should the FFA step in and oversee proceedings for a year? Or possibly a private operator? The truth is something needs to be done but it is questionable as to who will be the one to drive change.

  • January 4, 2017 at 8:42 am

    Thank you for your comment. I am sure that there are many who would agree with you. I for one do. The whole organisation needs to be restructured and has needed to be for a long time. Sadly the last CEO increased the number of managers to ridiculous levels and now the only way to remove the positions is to make people redundant or wait for them to leave and not replace them. As you say who is going to challenge the status quo? We know who has the power but…

  • January 4, 2017 at 8:05 am

    Thank you All White, Happy New year to you. I have to agree with you that I think the priorities of the Board at the current time are misguided. The game is falling behind and we need to be looking at ways to raise the standard in the showpiece competition and also increase crowds. WE also need to be finding ways to help the clubs financially or some will go under. As you say maybe it is a good thing that half the board needs to go under the constitution, but the key is finding good people to replace them who can help right a listing ship.

  • January 3, 2017 at 3:08 pm

    Happy New Year Ashley and compliments on a very good article to start the year.

    I’m not going to delve into the issues surrounding Football West or ASICS for that matter not adhering to their own constitutional rules or Acts. I’m not even going to discuss FW doing what they do best and not disclosing or outright hiding information which should be available to all members as they have a long history of doing this and it is well known they monitor social media closely.

    What I would however like to see and have wanted to see for some time now is someone looking into what exactly do the Standing Committees and Zone Reps provide the thousands upon thousands of stakeholders. What purpose do they actually serve ? what are their objectives ? What are their powers ? Do they even have any power ? What would change in the local game if they simply didn’t exist ?

    Given their involvement (or lack thereof) in so many contentious issues in the past and from what I have heard 1st hand from people involved I’m going to go with ‘nothing’ as a starting point but happy to consider ‘extremely little’ if you or anyone else wishes to provide evidence to support this because at the end of the day if the stakeholders do not have representatives that they may officially channel these grievances through and indeed hold FW accountable for such issues then seriously, what’s the point of their existence ???

  • January 3, 2017 at 12:44 pm

    After reading your article it is clear to me that all Board members should resign and the whole FW should go trough an overhaul and new people should be elected to run the company . Problem is WHO is going to challenge FW or take the matter to the court ?

  • January 3, 2017 at 10:59 am

    Good to have you back!

    This is again a clear lack of mismanagement and if those with the power to make changes do not use that power, the game is dead in WA. This is great news that half of the board has to go and the appointed board members!! Let us have a clean out and get some fresh faces in there! This group have done nothing except push for a home of football which in most people’s minds is low down on the shopping list, and of course now start pushing for a A-League licence. How much will these benefit the various clubs? Both will strip the local clubs of more money.

    Zone Reps and Standing Committees get together and ask questions and ensure that we have change in 2017. If not then you too should step aside.

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