About Shaun Mooney

Shaun is the publisher of Leopold Method and has contributed to the Guardian Australia. He is also the co-author of A-League: The Inside Story of the Tumultuous First Decade.

The restlessness of the aspirationals

In February 2014, FFA chief executive David Gallop made an announcement that would ignite the promotion and relegation movement. FFA granted the nine Australian A-League franchises a 20-year licence extension, a move to curry favour with the owners, although Wellington Phoenix would have to wait until last week to be granted a 10-year licence filled with clauses. “Today’s decision is consistent with our long-term strategy. The extension will give the clubs the certainty they need over a 20-year timeframe to [...]

By | February 29th, 2016|Features|5 Comments

Why Gallop’s expansion dilemma can Save The Nix

In early 2014 FFA granted the nine Australian A-League clubs a 20-year licence extension, leaving only Wellington Phoenix to negotiate terms to secure its long-term future. Although disappointed, the club came to the table with a proposal for a ten-year licence and was hopeful it would succeed with its request. A reasonable proposal, that took into consideration that there is not overwhelming amount of support within Asian Football Confederation for a team outside its jurisdiction to be playing in the [...]

By | November 13th, 2015|Football Business|2 Comments

Gallop’s virtuous cycle

Up until the launch of the Whole of Football Plan, FFA chief executive David Gallop’s impact on football had been mainly the result of fortuitous timing and diligent execution of plans created mainly by his predecessors. As Gallop took the stage in front of the media on Sydney’s harbour on Tuesday, he finally presented an outline of what his legacy for football could be. Gallop's arrival into the top job in November 2012 could not have come at a better time. A [...]

By | May 6th, 2015|Features, Football Business|1 Comment

The man behind Melita Eagles

I am seated at an Italian cafe in Pemulwuy in Sydney's western suburbs, and my subject is late for our interview. As the minutes pass, I receive a call from James Chetcuti, a former president of Melita Eagles and a current director at Football NSW. ‘Look, is it possible if you can come to Sam’s house? He’s a bit frail. He doesn’t move around like he used to.’ I don’t mind. Sam Vella, the former president of Melita Eagles, lives just [...]

By | November 28th, 2014|History|1 Comment

Football NSW Facilities Strategic Plan

Football’s largest state is making up for years of wrong doing. Football NSW has put together a plan to address the shortage of pitches and the poor quality of facilities under its jurisdiction. The first step was writing the Facilities Strategic Plan 2014-2024, which was completed in November last year. The second step was to recruit a Facilities Development Manager mid way through this year to execute the plan’s objectives. Now Football NSW is going through the process of collecting [...]

By | November 7th, 2014|Features|0 Comments
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