Brine calls for FFA boss Buckley’s resignation
• 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.’’