News that the FFA have decided to drop the North Queensland Fury from the Hyundai A league should raise the ire of football fans across the country and it is time that they received the answers that they deserve.
In the official statement from the FFA, the CEO Ben Buckley is quoted as saying “with the capital-raising falling well short of the target, FFA has had to make the hard decision that it cannot continue to own and finance the Club in these circumstances.”
It goes on to say “Mr Buckley said the FFA had a responsibility to all clubs in the Hyundai A-League and funding Fury in excess of $2m reduced the capacity to invest in the A-League as a whole.”
“We need to concentrate our resources on the growth, promotion and stability of the entire Hyundai A-League competition and this level of investment would prevent us from undertaking programs to achieve the above,” Mr Buckley said.
“Many leagues around the world have adjusted the composition of clubs in early years and we feel this move will strengthen the Hyundai A-League just as it did for Major League Soccer in the United States and the J-League in Japan.”
This is simply not good enough, why did we not learn from their experiences and avoid the same mistakes? This move will make football a laughing stock among the rival codes. The majority of football fans around the country questioned the wisdom in expanding the league so quickly. This decision has now proved that the people were right.
There were many who advised against the new club being based in Townsville despite the region being an important development area for football, and once again they have been proved right.
Today’s decision comes on the back of the announcement in December last year that the West Sydney based Sydney Rovers bid to become the 12th team in the Hyundai A league was being withdrawn. The FFA had initially rejected two other bids for a franchise in the West Sydney suburbs, including the Lucas Neill-backed Sydney Wanderers, in favour of the Rovers. Once again they backed the wrong horse.
Coupled with the disastrous World Cup bid questions need to be asked by the footballing public as to whether the decisions being made are in fact the right ones for the game.
FFA CEO Ben Buckley is due in Perth tomorrow but we belief has not set aside any time to talk to the media, a media that rarely gets to see the head of the FFA on their side of the country and once again this is extremely disappointing.
The FFA appear to be more happy keeping people at arm’s length rather than embracing those who have the knowledge, commonsense and tools to help them. This has to change or once again the game will slide down the slippery slope that was the NSL.
What is even more sad is they don’t understand the fury the fans feel.