FFA chairman Frank Lowy rejects talk of separate A-League body

The FFA chairman believes the relationship between the body and its clubs is getting stronger, but thinks a separate A-League association could not work

Football Federation Australia chairman Frank Lowy is unlikely to sanction a separate body running the A-League under his watch, saying the game was not strong enough to sustain that level of governance.

After run-ins with several owners over the 2011-12 season, including the decision to strip former Gold Coast United owner Clive Palmer of his licence, the FFA have moved to address some of their concerns about the running of the A-League.

But owners' demands that the FFA look at implementing a separate A-League body - a la the English Premier League and the English Football Association - was rejected by Lowy in his interview on Fox Footy's EMT.

"I don't believe there is a good future for the A-League to be a separate body, we are not big enough for that. I don't believe that it is a good model," he said.

"I hope and think and believe that this model we are working on with evolve over time and be successful."

It was the strongest statement by football powerbroker Lowy since the formation of the Joint A-League Standing Committee, a body set-up to advise the FFA board on major A-League issues and involving both members of the FFA board and A-League club representatives.

While the Fox Footy producers did not see the significance of the statement, effectively leaving it on the cutting room floor by putting that part of the 45-minute interview only on its website, it is an indication of Lowy's determination to stick to his path to the future of the game. 

Lowy, who on Friday relinquished his investment in Sydney FC, also said he had led the process towards improving relationships between the clubs and FFA.

He revealed he felt things were heading in a better direction after the tumultuous end to the season, which saw Gold Coast fold and Newcastle Jets owner Nathan Tinkler threaten to pull his support from the foundation club.

"I saw the issue before the kerfuffle with Palmer, it was in January or early February, when I decided to interview, on my own, each club. I was in the process of doing that when things become to come undone with Palmer and Tinkler," he said.

"We are all working for the game. I appealed to the owners and chairman and we've agreed that we need to make changes to the game and have the clubs participate more than they have before.

"That got them in, and we got ourselves in and we are going together."

Lowy said the JALSC was a huge step forward for the future of the competition: "It needs good will and understanding of each other's problems," he said.

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