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Volume 7 No. 149
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FFA Hopes To Finalize Settlement With Stajcic On Thursday

Football Federation Australia's board is hoping to finalize a settlement agreement for former Matildas coach Alen Stajcic on Thursday, according to Dominic Bossi of the SYDNEY MORNING HERALD. FFA will also begin the first steps toward outlining its "intended review of the its senior management team," including FFA CEO David Gallop. It "has not ruled out seeking external assistance." Having left several items on the agenda "unaddressed following a marathon five-hour meeting on Monday night," the board is set to reconvene via a teleconference on Thursday hoping to finalize a severance package with Stajcic. It will be the first issue raised at the meeting of the new board, which is "understood to be furious with the manner in which Stajcic's sacking was handled by Gallop's senior management team." It is understood the majority of the board is "eager to undertake an in-depth review into the performance of Gallop and his team," which could lead to significant changes of the organization's structure and personnel. While undertaking a review is a unanimous decision among the board members, it is yet to be formalized and the method "will be agreed upon after reaching a settlement with Stajcic." It is understood an independent review into the sacking saga "is a firm possibility, in a bid to bring in external expertise to prevent a similar situation ever occurring with its national teams" (SMH, 2/13).