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First test of new FFA board delivers an outcome in its own image | Richard Parkin

With financials a major consideration, the decision on A-League expansion appears an eminently sensible one

With the announcement of Western Melbourne and Macarthur-South West Sydney as the two new A-League expansion clubs, we have our first real glimpse of the new-look Football Federation Australia board and chairman Chris Nikou in action. And like pets that resemble their owners, Thursday’s outcome is one that mirrors the decision-makers themselves – a touch cautious, explicitly political, but eminently sensible.

With his deadpan homage-to-Hannah-Gadsby delivery, CEO David Gallop opened his preliminary address by stating: “Today is a great news day for Australian football.” The only suggestion to the contrary being the funereal face that accompanied it – but as anyone who witnessed Clive Palmer’s ill-fated launch of an alternative governing body can attest, sometimes colour and pageantry is overrated.

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