Sport ‘Hands off’ NZF pres­i­dent quits

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Deryck Shaw wanted to lead New Zealand Foot­ball’s re­sponse to the Muir re­view, but af­ter a week of re­flec­tion he re­alised that wasn’t go­ing to hap­pen.

His res­ig­na­tion from the gov­ern­ing body’s ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee (ExCo), which he has been pres­i­dent of since June, 2015, was con­firmed yes­ter­day.

It came af­ter Muir found ExCo to have been ‘‘too hands off in its gov­er­nance . . . in re­cent years,’’ and the res­ig­na­tion of re­cently-elected ExCo mem­ber Jon Or­mond, who de­scribed Shaw’s po­si­tion as ‘‘un­ten­able’’.

Shaw’s de­par­ture fol­lows those of chief ex­ec­u­tive Andy Martin, who re­signed at the end of June, the week af­ter the Muir re­view was in­sti­gated, and tech­ni­cal di­rec­tor An­dreas Heraf, who re­signed at the end of July.

Muir found that Heraf had en­gaged in ‘‘bul­ly­ing be­hav­iour’’ while coach of the Foot­ball Ferns. She was lim­ited in what she could say about Martin, de­spite re­ceiv­ing ‘‘strong feed­back’’ about him, ow­ing to the terms of his de­par­ture. Half of Muir’s 22 pub­lic rec­om­men­da­tions in­volved ExCo, whether di­rectly or in­di­rectly. When they were an­nounced last Wednesday, Shaw said he was in­tent on con­tin­u­ing as pres­i­dent to over­see their im­ple­men­ta­tion.

Shaw wouldn’t com­ment on Or­mond’s ‘‘view of the world,’’ nor would he say if any dis­cus­sions were had at board level as to whether he should con­tinue as pres­i­dent.

Over the past week, he has reached out to lead­ers in the foot­ball com­mu­nity, in­clud­ing the chairs of the seven re­gional fed­er­a­tions.

In do­ing so he re­peated his com­mit­ment to em­brac­ing Muir’s rec­om­men­da­tions, stressed his lead­er­ship cre­den­tials, and asked for feed­back on his role as pres­i­dent.

Shaw said one piece of feed­back had been that ‘‘when some­thing doesn’t work out as it should, maybe the head of the or­gan­i­sa­tion needs to step aside’’.

Ul­ti­mately, he de­cided to re­sign ‘‘to al­low foot­ball to move for­ward’’.

‘‘It’s been a hard de­ci­sion, I’ve had to bal­ance ev­ery­thing up, and I’m not a per­son that steps back from com­mit­ments. I’m still per­son­ally com­mit­ted around the find­ings of the re­view and the jour­ney of foot­ball in New Zealand.’’

ExCo has unan­i­mously agreed to adopt Muir’s pub­lic rec­om­men­da­tions and it will be up to its eight re­main­ing mem­bers and the staff at NZ Foot­ball to im­ple­ment them mov­ing for­ward.

Shaw said the Muir re­view had ‘‘cre­ated the op­por­tu­nity to make the changes that are re­quired’’.

‘‘Some­times, un­less you have some­thing like a re­view, then there’s no man­date to do stuff.

‘‘Now is the key time to look for­ward, make the changes that are re­quired, and en­gage with the foot­ball com­mu­nity in an ac­tive way.’’

It was no­table that Shaw fronted af­ter an­nounc­ing his res­ig­na­tion, given that Heraf and Martin didn’t.

‘‘Ul­ti­mately that’s been their de­ci­sion,’’ Shaw said.

‘‘I’m a dif­fer­ent per­son in terms of where I sit in terms of un­der­stand­ing my role and the ac­count­abil­ity that I have around that and to­day it was crit­i­cal for me to front this.

‘‘It’s not been an easy process and it’s not been an easy de­ci­sion for me.’’

ExCo vice-pres­i­dent Philip Barry has been elected to suc­ceed Shaw as pres­i­dent un­til the gov­ern­ing body’s next congress in May next year.

Its eight re­main­ing mem­bers will have to ap­point two re­place­ments for Shaw and Or­mond for the same pe­riod.

Deryck Shaw

PHOTOSPORT

NZ Foot­ball pres­i­dent Deryck Shaw, left, has joined for­mer chief ex­ec­u­tive Andy Martin in re­sign­ing from the or­gan­i­sa­tion.

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