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Australian Professional Football Club Association chairman Greg Griffin sees an independent, club-run A-League as “inevitable” and could see such a league hosting 16 clubs within three to four years.
Griffin joined FNR_Football Nation Radio's David Davutovic and Professional Footballers Australia’s Kate Gill for Football Q&A’s special on the FFA congress crisis, speaking on his role as the representative of the A-League clubs during the talks with FIFA and other stakeholders and the effect the governance crisis has had on this season’s Hyundai A-League.
Griffin, also chairman of Adelaide United, said “no [A-League] club is enjoying this year financially” and urged that the congress question be resolved before the beginning of the 2018-19 A-League season to ensure greater stability.
“We’re just not getting the same metrics that we had in the last two or three years,” he said. “The first positive change will be when FIFA deliver their directions and we get the game back on track.”
Kate Gill shared his sentiments, communicating the anxiety surrounding footballers in Australia regarding the forthcoming season. She reported that 63% of players will be out of contract at the end of the current season, saying the crisis had “really hijacked the professional game”.
Despite dwindling attendances, Griffin claimed the quality of the football being played in the A-League this season “has never been better”. He suggested the poor crowds can be put down to poor marketing in pre-season and that the clubs would be ready to run the league themselves.
Football Q&A airs Wednesdays from 5pm (AEDT) hosted by David Davutovic on FNR_Football Nation Radio.