Western Sydney Wanderers chief executive John Tsatsimas admits the first season of the new independent A-League has a cloud hanging over it...but he's convinced it will all come good.
A split between the FFA and clubs has seen the axe fall on a nationwide A-League radio ad campaign on the ARN after disputes over the content and strategy, with all clubs needing to sign off on the promotion – but were unable to agree..
And football appears to have disappeared from Foxtel's print ads for their Fox Sports content this summer with newspaper ads focused on cricket, motorsport, rugby, basketball and gridiron...and no mention of the A-League, just days out from the start of the new season.
"I think we needed to make an allowance that this season was probably a challenging one for everyone involved, including the FFA and the clubs," Tsatsimas tells the new FTBL Podcast.
"These are specifics that are done behind closed doors. Notwithstanding that, what heartens me is that, if there is rigorous debate about what is best for the league, then any ideas put forward are tested properly and it can only be good for the game.
"If we need to take the time to make sure those debates are held, those dialogues are conducted and everyone is involved in those conversations, it can only be good for the game in the broader scope of representation."
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It comes as the sport's governing body is in limbo as club owners take ownership of the A-League itself and the FFA faces major upheaval at the top with key executives leaving.
FFA Head of Leagues Greg O'Rourke is one of the few remaining senior people left from exiting CEO David Gallop's era, with women's football chief Emma Highwood and high performance boss Luke Casserly leaving along with Gallop.
"We're less than two weeks away from the start of the season and we're still in transitional phase," he admitted. "I think the transitional period has thrown up a lot of uncertainty.