The CEO of Perth Glory Jason Brewer has resigned, which was no great surprise in light of all that has happened in the club in the past month. Perth Glory will now have to appoint their 7th CEO in the club’s 10th A-League season; although many hope no appointment is made quickly and the current owner hands back the licence for the good of football.
If owner Tony Sage is still holding the licence it will be his 6th man at the helm since he has been an owner of the club for the past eight years.
The club has lurched from one embarrassing situation to another in that time, but the salary cap breaches this year have taken the cake.
There is speculation that Brewer’s departure may well be part of a deal brokered after last night’s FFA hearing, which according to a FFA media release this morning “commenced at 5:30pm AEST and concluded at approximately 11:10pm.”
The legal teams are believed to have been trying to broker a deal to lessen the blow not only to the club but also the damage to the A-League competition.
If this is indeed the case one has to ask has the FFA sold the other clubs down the river? By brokering a deal rather than uncovering the full extent to which Perth Glory has been making payments to players through third parties.
The question now is no matter who takes over the reins at the club can any A-League club trust Perth Glory?
One has to feel for the staff employed at the club who had nothing to do with such arrangements, even if they may well have been aware that some such things were going on. Will their careers be tarnished too by the actions of a few?
For example former captain Jacob Burns was appointed to the position of General Manager Football on 17 June 2014. This was his first role in football in a non-playing capacity and understandably he wants to make a success of it. His role according to the press release from the club was to “be responsible for a wide range of key areas within the Club’s expanded Football Department including youth development, player management, player research and football staff recruitment as well as key corporate partnerships and sponsorship arrangements with the A-League team.”
It appears that even he was kept in the dark about the individual arrangements that had been set up by the club, so hopefully for his sake his new career is not affected.
The decisions made by a few desperate for Glory have the potential to have a far reaching effect on many.
The fans want the owner to step aside, probably after this episode so too do some of his staff. What will be the next stunt and will their reputations survive that.
The fans and sponsors have a right to know which players knowingly took money through a third party. These players knew the rules and they broke them just as much as the club did by setting up a such a deal. Should they go unpunished? What about the agents of those players who no doubt in some cases were also privy to such a deal? Should they too be allowed to go unpunished or without having their part revealed? Yet the fans and the sponsors whose money keep the club afloat will never be given those details.
Innocent people at the club run the risk now of always being tarnished by having been employed at the club during this sorry period, so why should the guilty parties be allowed to walk free?
Andy Keogh has been a good player for Perth Glory on the pitch this season. It would however appear that if all that has been alleged is true, he knowingly broke the rules. Should he be punished? If the sums of money being bandied about are correct maybe, if he wants his career to continue at the club he should pay for 180 basic adult club memberships, and those fans who bought a membership this year go into a draw to receive a free “Andy Keogh Membership” for 2015-16. (this would equate to just over $50k). Would that be fair? It would certainly go a long way to restoring some fans faith.
Perth Glory needs to become more professional, and they need a leadership that reflects that. Here is a petty example of how they do not learn, The CEO resigns today at 2pm. The club and all the staff knew this, a media release was sent out, and members were alerted to the fact as the Press conference was taking place. Yet five hours after the event Mr Brewer’s name is still on the website as CEO. This has happened time and again when staff have been sacked or resigned on the playing side. It should not happen if a company operates along a set line of procedures.
The club’s “About us” page on the internet states “The return to the ‘Glory Days’ can directly be linked to the club’s Chairman, Mr Tony Sage.” Not many buy into that propaganda, and such a statement should be removed immediately following this salary cap debacle. His involvement has tarnished the club more than anyone else’s involvement.
Perth Glory does not need a Maverick in charge, they need a solid responsible leader. Jason Brewer has been made to take the fall. However will he now work for Tony Sage’s Cape Lambert as a pay off for taking the heat and being part of a bigger picture, which brings to a halt a deeper investigation into the club?
Professional football is a very murky business. It is sadly never as simple as the game itself.