NZ Foot­ball chair­man leaves af­ter blunt re­view

Hawke's Bay Today - - Sport - Foot­ball Michael Burgess

New Zealand Foot­ball chair­man Deryck Shaw has re­signed.

It’s the lat­est twist in the on­go­ing fall­out from the NZF re­view, which was re­leased last Wednesday.

The re­view con­tained both ex­plicit and im­plicit crit­i­cism of the board.

Shaw in­formed var­i­ous stake­hold­ers yes­ter­day of his de­ci­si­son to step down.

Phil Barry will be the in­terim chair­man for at least the rest of this year.

Shaw has been un­der se­vere pres­sure for the last few months, since the Foot­ball Ferns/ An­dreas Heraf scan­dal first came to light in June.

That pres­sure only in­creased with the var­i­ous rev­e­la­tions and al­le­ga­tions around for­mer CEO Andy Martin, even though much of that couldn’t be de­tailed in Phillipa Muir’s re­view, be­cause the NZF board had signed a con­fi­den­tial­ity agree­ment with Martin as part of the terms of his de­par­ture.

The rev­e­la­tion in the Her­ald in Au­gust that both Martin and Heraf had been paid sig­nif­i­cant set­tle­ments also an­gered many foot­ball stake­hold­ers.

Last week Shaw main­tained he wanted to re­main at the helm of the board, to be part of the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the changes rec­om­mended by the re­view.

But it’s be­lieved the board has been split, with some feel­ing that Shaw’s po­si­tion was un­ten­able.

Shaw has been the pres­i­dent of NZF since 2015. Ul­ti­mately his in­abil­ity to man­age and over­see Martin proved to be the piv­otal fac­tor.

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