Football Federation Australia Director Jack Reilly Steps Down After Two-Year Term
Football Federation Australia Dir JACK REILLY "stood down" on Thursday "following the expiration of his third two-year term on the board," according to Dominic Bossi of the SYDNEY MORNING HERALD. Reilly left his role as an independent director after six years at the helm "following the end of his most recent and last eligible term on June 20." The goalkeeper of Australia's 1974 World Cup debut "held one of the two appointed director roles and served on the FFA's finance and audit committee," the football development committee and was the head of delegation for Australia's 2011 World Cup campaign in Mexico. Under the FFA constitution, "the vacancy for an independent appointed director can be filled at any time at the discretion of the board, and it is understood the FFA has not found a potential candidate to fill Reilly's seat" (SMH, 8/9). In Sydney, Ray Gatt wrote FFA Chair FRANK LOWY paid tribute to Reilly, who was first appointed in '07, "for his contribution to the success of the sport since it was restructured" in '03. Lowy: "His business and finance background allowed him to make a broad contribution to FFA's governance structures. I know Jack will be a lifelong friend of football and I look forward to his continued support of FFA's mission to make football the biggest and most popular game in Australia." The board "could undergo further changes." Lowy is expected to step down after the 2015 Asian Cup finals in Australia, "and there are suggestions he has a succession plan in place." His son, Stephen, "has been mooted as a possibility" (THE AUSTRALIAN, 8/8).