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Steven Lowy hits outs at 'hopelessly superficial and naive' detractors upon FFA exit

Outgoing Football Federation Australia chair Steven Lowy took a swipe at his detractors as he handed over power on Monday at the organisation's AGM.

Lowy spoke of his board's "Last Supper," evoked comments from former prime minister Kevin Rudd and dished up some harsh words for critics who suggested the previous FFA board was light on football experience.

"I hear the argument that is fashionable at the moment that there must be more 'football people' and fewer 'suits' represented on the board," said Lowy on Monday's election of the FFA's new directors.

"It is a nonsense argument which is hopelessly superficial and naive ... typically advocated by people who have had no board or management experience at this level or the heavy responsibility that goes with it."

Lowy noted record revenues and distributions during his tenure, congratulating outgoing directors and FFA executives on their work. He also revealed regrets.

Lowy lamented a failure to progress "a new operating model and expansion of the A-League," to improve resourcing for junior national teams and not making "more progress on better connecting the grassroots with the professional game."

Football Federation Australia chairman Steven Lowy speaks at a press conference.
Steven Lowy has stepped down as Football Federation Australia chairman.

Those issues will fall to the new board, comprising newly elected foursome Heather Reid, Chris Nikou, Remo Nogarotto and Joseph Carrozzi, who joined existing directors Kelly Bayer Rosmarin and Crispin Murray in Monday's ballots.

Lowy urged the new directors to "act independently and in the best interests of the overall game" in a thinly veiled attack on the pro-reform forces that amended the constitution and forced his demise in recent ballots.

He said the outgoing board had held a "Last Supper" style dinner last month.

In closing remarks, he wryly noted the words of Rudd, who had penned a letter to welcome the newly elected American President Barack Obama in 2008.

"Kevin wrote: 'Dear Mr President. You poor bastard ... infinite expectations. Finite resources,'" Lowy said.

"I don't think I can improve on that message to the incoming chairman."


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