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FFA’s new board has its work cut out establishing unity of purpose | Jonathan Howcroft

Election confirms power shift in Australian football but there are some uneasy bedfellows at top of football’s pyramid

The reform of Football Federation Australia continued apace on Monday with the election of a new board and a new chair at a momentous annual general meeting. The event added a ceremonial full stop to the decade and a half of Lowy family leadership of Australian football and confirmed the shift in power towards clubland.

The AGM was the first opportunity for Australian football’s new congress to show its hand following the long and bitter struggle for governance reform. As expected, it behaved with less certainty than its predecessor. One insider compared corralling the new congress to herding cats, and a comparatively minor agenda item early in the meeting laid bare the challenges.

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