NZ Football chairman leaves after blunt review
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.