|By JAMES RANSON
Former AFL player Nick Holland has decided to stand down from his role as chief executive of Professional Footballers Australia after just four months in charge.
The 37-year-old succeeded Brendan Schwab in the role in August but is said to have amicably stood down with immediate effect after a "divergence" in views between the two parties.
"Nick Holland has decided to step down as Chief Executive of Professional Footballers Australia [PFA] with effect today," a statement on the PFA site read.
"The amicable separation follows a divergence in views between Nick and the PFA regarding the direction of the Association."
Holland, a 179-game veteran with Hawthorn, was charged with the initial task of implementing a new collective bargaining agreement for the players' union.
Formerly a solicitor with prominent law firm Holding Redlich after his retirement, Holland appointment as a 'non-football' person was criticised in some quarters, despite PFA president and Melbourne Heart captain Simon Colosimo describing the appointment in July as "comprehensive" and "unanimous".
"The players are delighted that we've been able to attract someone of Nick's calibre," Colosimo said in a statement at the time.
"He is relishing the challenge of leading the PFA, especially with our negotiations for new collective bargaining agreements due to begin once Australian football's new media rights deal has been negotiated."
"The process of selecting Nick has been extensive and follows a comprehensive search which attracted an outstanding list of candidates.
Other than the two-line statement, the PFA decline further comment.