NZF pres­i­dent re­signs in on­go­ing fall­out from re­view

Weekend Herald - - Your Sporting Weekend - Michael Burgess

New Zealand Foot­ball pres­i­dent 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 ex­plicit and im­plicit crit­i­cism of the board.

Shaw in­formed var­i­ous stake­hold­ers yes­ter­day of his de­ci­sion to step down. Phil Barry will be the in­terim pres­i­dent for at least the rest of this year.

Shaw had been un­der se­vere pres­sure in re­cent months, since the Foot­ball Ferns-An­dreas Heraf scan­dal first came to light in June.

That pres­sure in­creased with the rev­e­la­tions and al­le­ga­tions sur­round­ing former chief ex­ec­u­tive Andy Martin, even though much of that could not be de­tailed in Phillipa Muir’s re­view due to the NZF board sign­ing a con­fi­den­tial­ity agree­ment with Martin as part of the terms of his de­par­ture.

The rev­e­la­tion in the Her­ald in Au­gust that 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.

A fur­ther layer was added on Wed­nes­day, when the Her­ald re­vealed board mem­ber Jon Or­mond had re­signed.

In a state­ment sent to the board, Or­mond said that the de­tails in the con­fi­den­tial el­e­ment of the re­view meant that on­go­ing ten­ure on the board came down to a con­science vote.

“As is now a mat­ter of pub­lic record, the re­cent NZF re­view also com­prised a con­fi­den­tial brief­ing to the board about mat­ters which fell within the purview of the re­view but which can­not be pub­lished by NZF or the reviewer due to le­gal con­straints, in­clud­ing obli­ga­tions of con­fi­den­tial­ity,” he said.

“I formed the view that when read to­gether with the pub­lished por­tion, that the po­si­tion of the chair, and po­ten­tially the board it­self, was un­ten­able. The col­lec­tive duty of a board has es­sen­tially made this a con­science vote. I re­spect those board mem­bers who pre­fer to act from the in­side to ef­fect change.”

Some other board mem­bers are said to be con­sid­er­ing their po­si­tions.

Shaw has been pres­i­dent of NZF since 2015 and de­serves credit for some of his achieve­ments, es­pe­cially the way he helped mend the re­la­tion­ship with Ocea­nia Foot­ball.

But ul­ti­mately his in­abil­ity to man­age and over­see Martin, in what Muir re­ferred to as a “hands off ap­proach”, proved the piv­otal fac­tor.

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Franck Cam­mas will give his team un­til the begin­ning of De­cem­ber to work out if they will be able to com­pete.

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