22 Aug 2012

Gallop to take over at FFA

6:29 am on 22 August 2012

The former National Rugby League boss David Gallop is to take over at Football Federation Australia.

Gallop will replace Ben Buckley as CEO, after his position had been weakened by the country's shambolic campaign to host the 2022 World Cup.

Buckley's six-year tenure had become blighted by Australia's failed bid, when 60 million dollars in taxpayers' money resulted in one vote from the FIFA Executive Committee when they selected Qatar to host the tournament in December 2010.

Public fallouts with A-League club owners and the collapse of the North Queensland Fury and a proposed Western Sydney team did little to improve Buckley's reputation.

Gallop will become the third man since the FFA revamped itself in 2003 not from a soccer background.

However, the FFA moved quickly to recruit Gallop after he left his post as CEO of the newly formed Australian Rugby League Commission in June.