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SBD Global/November 12, 2013/International Football
Football Federation Australia Chief Says Sport Will Be Country's Most Popular In Near Future
Published November 12, 2013
In a Q&A with the Sydney DAILY TELEGRAPH's Tom Smithies, Gallop talked about dealing with Lowy, what his priorities are for the future, and the A-League clubs that "deserve some love."
Q: What score would you give your first year?
David Gallop: It's always difficult to rate yourself, but I've been in the fortunate position of being able to tell a good story about Australian football. Most people would score Australian football's performance pretty healthily.
Q: How frustrating is it working for Frank Lowy?
Gallop: A great part of the job has been the relationship between Frank and me -- he's allowed me to run the business on a day-to-day basis, but clearly he takes a huge interest in how things are travelling.
Q: Has your view of the club owners changed over the year?
Gallop: No -- I think the more I've drilled down into that dynamic, the more I've appreciated the significance of the historical investment and the need to make sure we protect it, and provide security for the future.
Q: What's on your to-do list?
Gallop: Preparation for the World Cup, not only around the performance of the team but the continued renewal of the Socceroos brand in the market; we're defending our women's Asian Cup title, and continuing to build the profile of the W-League; there are issues around the sustainability of the A-League which require attention; on a more long-term basis, continuing to review the football plan for the game and its development pathways; at grassroots level, look to create value for the fees that are paid to participate in the game (DAILY TELEGRAPH, 11/12).