David Gallop’s position as Football Federation Australia chief executive, along with that of two other senior administrators, is set to be reviewed following the controversial sacking of Matildas coach Alen Stajcic.
The FFA board will conduct an in-depth review into the performance of the organisation’s senior management, beginning with Gallop, head of women’s football Emma Highwood and head of national teams Luke Casserly. The board is understood to have expressed their deep dissatisfaction with the organisation’s handling of the saga during a five-hour board meeting in Sydney on Monday night.
Convening just hours after Stajcic made his first public appearance since his dismissal, sources suggest the new board spent a large proportion of their scheduled meeting discussing how to bring the saga to a resolution and establishing steps to prevent a similar event ever occurring again .
It is understood the board and its new chairman, Chris Nikou, remained sure their decision to terminate the contract of Stajcic was the correct one for the Matildas but were dismayed they were forced to act in such a manner and so abruptly. Sources suggest the board believes many of the issues around the team’s culture should have been flagged much earlier and rectified well before ending in the catastrophic events that tarnished the FFA’s brand and damaged the image of Stajcic.