Soccer coup backfires

PEOPLE power has won out in the debacle that has surrounded the sacking of Northern NSW Football CEO David Eland in October last year.

A coup by several directors to dump Eland has backfired in their faces with rebel directors, chairman Peter Moore and Andrew Robertson, resigning.

Former NSW State Labor MP Richard Face, also a Northern NSW director, was removed at the annual general meeting in Newcastle on Tuesday night.

Northern NSW Football yesterday released a statement, to the media, which in part said:

"Northern NSW Football (NNSWF) has appointed five new directors following the resignation of chairman Peter Moore and director Andrew Robertson and the removal of director Richard Face.

"The new NNSWF board of directors consists of chairman Bill Walker,deputy chairman Michael Gaertner, with additional new directors appointed this evening being Larry Urdarov, Phil Holt and Alex McDonald.

"Helene O'Neill, who was appointed in December by the former board, makes up the sixth position on the new-look board."

Walker and Gaertner stormed out of the NNSWF board meeting when some of their co-directors moved to sack Eland 10 weeks ago which sparked a furore.

Football Far North Coast and the six other zones along with the three standing committees sought legal advice and challenged the validity of last month's proposed AGM.

The AGM was postponed until Tuesday, of this week.

Moore and Robertson tendered their resignation and did not attend.

The 10 eligible voting members unanimously voted to remove Face.

Walker said yesterday that the incoming board would seek legal advice on how to proceed with the appointment of a CEO.

"It has been a pretty hectic two months," Walker said.

"The most pleasing thing of this whole exercise has been the way the (seven) zones and the standing committees stuck together on a very important issue."

When quizzed on the return of Eland to his previous role, Walker offered: "We are going through the legal process at the moment. The members have made it very clear that they want David (Eland) to be the CEO."

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