Thursday , September 29 2022

Auckland Football Board withdrew support for the NZ Football Executive Committee


A second regional federation withdrew its support to the New Zealand Executive Committee, as Muir's criticism continues to decline.

Oakland football chairman Bob Patterson outlined the board's position in a letter to the executive committee [ExCo] President Philip Barry last Thursday, a copy which was obtained by Stuff.

"We have no faith in ExCo's current companies to lead New Zealand football through the crucial period of change required in the months and years to come," he wrote.

"It is clear that under the current Exco leadership … serious failures in judgment have been made about raising and managing a positive working environment for staff and players."

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Philip Meyer's lawyer criticized the behavior of NZ football and culture and was the most critical of ExCo's performance in recent times.

She found it was "too much" hands "of her administration in recent years" and that she "needs to get a larger report from NZ Football Management". Half of its 22 public recommendations dealt with Exco, consisting of 10 members, who were selected at the annual congresses of the governing body.

Lawyer Philippa Muir convicted Exo Bode

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Lawyer Philipa Muir convicted Exo in her report, released in October.

North Football was the first federation to withdraw its support for ExCo and to call an extraordinary conference with Emmy Berwick, chairman of the Board of Directors, who outlined the position of her board in a letter to Barry on October 23.

The members of the other six federations wrote to Barry that day and expressed "low confidence" in Exco, but stopped calling an extraordinary Congress "at this stage."

Oakland Soccer has since split from the same group, which also included the Waikato-Bay of Abundance, Central, Capital, Mainland and Southern Federations.

Peterson did not want to comment on Thursday.

In his letter he said that Auckland Football will support holding an extraordinary congress, "to ensure we have competent and reliable ExCo that has a clear mandate to make key meetings and ensure successful delivery of all recommendations from the review."

Barry was surprised, he says Stuff "The vast majority of members have clearly stated that they do not want to [an extraordinary congress]"He added that he was not worried about other federations that might follow Oakland football to change their position.

Since the publication of the Muir review, two Exco members have resigned – Derrick Shaw, who has been president since April 2015, and John Ormond, who was first elected in May.

Derrick Shaw resigned as president of NZ Football in October.

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Derrick Shaw resigned as president of NZ Football in October.

Berry was unanimously elected president until the annual congress of the year by the remaining eight members of ExCo, while Johanna Wood was elected vice president at the time. ExCo has the power to appoint substitutes for Shaw Ormond but has not yet done so.

New Zealand's football has 11 voting members – seven regional federations, the Professional Footballers Association, the Wellington Phoenix, the National League of Men's Clubs as a collective and the Judges Association. Each federation has two votes, making a total of 18, ie 10 are required to call an extraordinary congress.

Patterson wrote that the Auckland Football Board was "seriously opposed" to the recruitment process for a new CEO, which began "under the supervision of the same controlling group that was responsible for the previous appointments that caused such problems."

Barry said Stuff He did not hesitate to develop this process. He said that voting members were aware in advance that it would be started.

"We have been without a CEO for several months now, our friends have clearly told us that they want EXCO to continue working, and that includes appointing a new CEO."

Andrew Prangnell has served on an interim basis since early August, following the sudden resignation of Andy Martin at the end of June, a week after Meyer's criticism was reviewed.

While Muir received "strong feedback" about Martin's conduct during his four years as CEO, she was limited in what she could say about him in terms of his departure.

NZ Football began to look for a permanent substitute for Andy Martin, who resigned in June.


NZ Football began to look for a permanent substitute for Andy Martin, who resigned in June.

NZ FZTBALL Government Crisis Timeline

June 18 – 12 football players and one former team member complain about the behavior of coach Andreas Hiraf.

June 20 – An independent investigation into the soccer football team was launched.

June 29 – CEO Andy Martin resigns.

6 July – Filippa Muir is charged with leading the independent investigation and is expanding to examine the behavior and culture of NZ football more broadly.

July 31 – Heraf resigns as a French coach and technical director.

October 3 – Muir review was released. Raff found that he was involved in "bullying behavior"; ExCo was found to be "well in your hands".

Week of October 3 – ExCo member Jim Ormond resigns, calling the position of President Derrick Shaw "and the potential for the board itself" unbearable.

October 12 – President Exco president Dereck Shaw resigns "to allow football to move forward."

October 23 – North football chair Amy Barwick writes ExCo expressing confidence.

October 23 – Six other federation chairs write to ExCo, which expresses a "low level of trust" but give their support "at this stage."

November 1 – Oakland football chair Bob Peterson writes ExCo expressing confidence.

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