Crisis of confidence
Fury star could quit game in disgust at club’s treatment
LET DOWN: Disillusioned Fury midfielder Chris Grossman is considering his football future after the club’s axing A GUTTED Chris Grossman doesn’t think he can ever forgive Football Federation Australia for killing the Fury.
So much so, the North Queensland FC original is contemplating retirement at just 23 years old.
Fittingly dressed in black, f r o m b a s e b a l l c a p t o sneakers, Grossman turned up to Jupiters Hotel and Casino hoping for a miracle, but instead faced the reality of a black mark that he believes FFA can never erase.
The Queenslander s ai d FFA’s men at the top – pointing to Ben Buckley and Lyall Gorman – should be blamed for the demise of the club he loved, even going as far as to say their time with the fed- eration should be up.
‘‘ It falls back on the FFA,’’ Grossman said.
‘‘ FFA kept changing things . . . to a point where the club just couldn’t keep up with what they wanted – it’s extremely frustrating – and I personally think we have got the wrong people running our game.
‘‘ They have not got the good of the game at heart, there are a lot of people out there suffering and a lot of people that care a lot about the game are getting hurt – a decision has been made that is going to hurt a lot of youngsters.’’
Grossman, one of 16 players who have less than one month to find new employment, was remarkably un- selfish while talking to the Townsville Bulletin, saying he felt for the region’s children more than himself.
But when pressed on what the future held for himself, he dropped a bombshell.
While he revealed other A-League clubs had been in touch, Grossman admitted the hurt he was feeling over the Fury’s fate had him wanting to quit.
‘‘ Now you look back at the game you’re so passionate about and you really start to second guess about the people in charge, that make decisions like this, you start to ( think), ‘ is this a game I really want to play with these people in charge’,’’ he said.
‘‘ You’ve got people that are playing the game, like myself, that want the best for the game and if you’ve got the people making the decisions that matter, really struggling to make decisions for the best of the game, that’s what hurts me most.
‘‘ I’m not too sure now . . . but maybe it’s a decision that you have to weigh up and do something else.’’
Grossman, like many of his teammates and Fury staff, has a mortgage and bills to pay with less than a month of pay cheques left.
But Buckley promised players would not be left high and dry.
That did little to wipe the bitter taste from players’ mouths, though. Buckley i n t r o d u c e d h i m s e l f t o Grossman yesterday, but Grossman could barely utter a response.
To the former Roar player, Buckley and FFA have shot themselves in the foot.
‘ ‘ I t ’ s short-sighted. You may lose a couple of dollars today or tomorrow but in one or two years’ time you are going to prosper from it because you are going to get your next generation of Socceroos,’’ Grossman said.
‘‘ Where do your next generation come from now?
‘‘ Hopefully we get someone with a wider vision and more respectful vision of football and one day we can get a team up here.’’