Most important day in Australian soccer history, says former board member Reilly

Former FFA board member and Socceroo Jack Reilly has been one of the most trenchant critics of the current administration since he was dumped from the board in 2013.

So it is hardly surprising that he describes Thursday’s general meeting as “the most important decision-making day there has been in Australian football history”.

“It’s important because we need to be totally honest about the way things were run in the past, and it’s vital that we put in place a plan that will ensure our future,” he said.

“That means putting in place an administration that will be monitored, scrutinised and held totally accountable for its decisions.”

Reilly is a huge advocate of the separation of powers within the game, and believes that the A-League should break away and be run as a separate entity.

He would go still further, abolishing the state federations in favour of a more cost-effective and streamlined management run out of head office.

“I am totally convinced that one governing body with professional management in each state, along with an independent A-League that controls its own destiny is the way to go,” he said.

“The way things are now with state federations we can’t get uniform policy or decision making.”

Reilly, who blames chairman Steven Lowy’s predecessor, his father Frank, for unseating him, is also adamant that those ruling the game should be more transparent and subject themselves to much wider scrutiny.

The Scots-born former goalkeeper (he played for Australia in the 1974 World Cup) claims Lowy senior brooked no argument and ran the game virtually as his own personal fiefdom.

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