Brine calls for FFA boss Buck­ley’s res­ig­na­tion

Townsville Bulletin - - Football -

• From back page Brine branded FFA and A-League bosses as ‘‘ shonky busi­ness peo­ple’’ and said any re­view of the Fury’s start and demise should fin­ish with FFA chief ex­ec­u­tive Ben Buck­ley’s res­ig­na­tion.

‘‘ Ben Buck­ley has never once set foot in this ( Fury HQ) of­fice,’’ Brine said.

‘‘ Ben Buck­ley should not be in the po­si­tion he is in.

‘‘ Re­ally if you look and think about own­ers of a busi­ness, I own a busi­ness, and if I don’t spend any time build­ing that busi­ness up or spend­ing time guid­ing my staff it’s go­ing to fall flat. They ( FFA) own this club and yet they have never once of­fered us any­thing, any ad­vice to go out and do some­thing for this club.’’

The for­mer Mid­dles­brough First Divi­sion player from the 1970s said the two-year saga should trig­ger more than just a strate­gic re­view of the A-League but lead to Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment scrutiny in the way the Craw­ford Re­port brought when pub­lished in 2003.

Brine said the death of the Fury was more than an in­dict­ment on the club and north­ern Aus­tralia, but ev­i­dence of a competition in cri­sis.

‘‘ From their be­hav­iour yes­ter­day I don’t think the A-League has a fu­ture,’’ he said.

‘‘ Not in in its cur­rent for­mat and with the cur­rent peo­ple in con­trol of it. If they are not pre­pared to in­vest in a re­gion as strong as North Queens­land then I fear for the fu­ture

re­form of the A-League.’’

F u r y c h i e f e x e c u t i v e R a b i e h Krayem backed Brine’s call for an in­quiry adding that it should ex­pose mis­takes made in a hasty ex­pan­sion.

‘‘ The de­ci­sion has been made, now what needs to hap­pen out of any ma­jor de­ci­sion or disas­ter is you re­flect and take some pos­i­tive out of it. For the foot­ball code it needs a re­view of what has hap­pened to the Fury and the ex­pan­sion and take out what­ever they have learned so they don’t make the same mis­takes.’’

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