A-League commission not on agenda: Gallop
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Football Federation Australia could be in for a bumpy meeting with A-League clubs after chief executive David Gallop rejected a push to make the competition fully independent.
Aggrieved club owners reportedly want the concept of a commission to run the league placed on the agenda for their next chairmen's meeting on October 12.
But Gallop quickly and categorically hosed down talk of the A-League being controlled by a separate entity, in the same way as the English Premier League.
"A fully separated A-League is not on our agenda at the moment," Gallop said.
"We are certainly putting more resources into the A-League, we fully recognise that it's the engine room for the whole game.
"We're in a competitive environment, and we need to be careful not to upset our commercial relationships, because it's tough to get people to back you in Australian sport when there's so much choice."
The clubs' drive is the result of a long-term desire to be allowed more control over how the domestic league is handled.
It also follows concerns over a leaked letter from Gallop to FIFA, in which he wrote that clubs do not act in the interests of the Australian game as a whole.
FIFA and the Asian Football Confederation were in Australia two weeks ago to address concerns that FFA's constitution does not allow for various stakeholders to have a stronger voice in the running of the sport.
FFA has subsequently agreed to an in-principle expansion of its congress to include a broader representation of stakeholders.