FFA decision will leave northern talent to wither
I WORKED on a newspaper o n c e wh e r e t h e f o r me r owners made the courageous decision to take it from a five-days-a-week publication to seven days.
Things went swimmingly until about a year later, when there was a downturn in the economy and in real estate in particular, leading to a drop in advertising.
The owners funked it. In their panic, they dumped the S u n d a y e d i t i o n a n d d e - manded heads.
Had they hung on until the economy brightened a year or so later, well, who knows what might have been. Certainly, all those bright young people forced to leave town to find alternative jobs might still be there, working for an organisation that has since made hundreds of millions.
There are parallels with that and the story of the Fury and its axing this week by Football Federation Australia, only the situation in Townsville is much worse.
There’s a serious lack of ticker at FFA. There has to be. How can a major national product be manufactured and then dumped in such a short time, without giving it time to put its roots down and build a serious culture of support and commitment within its community?
The paper I worked for lost one edition a week. North Queensland has lost an entire sporting product.
Advisory board member Peter Brine was scathing this week when he took the FFA to task for ‘‘ never once’’ offering the Fury ‘‘ anything, any advice to go out and do something for the club’’.
Unfortunately it’s a familiar story in this country. How often do we read of organisations that become Sydney-centric and forget to nurture the branch offices?
Brine says that in business, if he doesn’t spend time building it up and putting in the hours with staff, then it’s going to fail.