The five active members of the FFA board; Mark Bresciano, Amy Duggan, Joe Carrozzi, Remo Nogarotto and chair Chris Nikou have led recruitment for the next chief. According to sources close to the board, the members were said to be “90 per cent of the way” through the hiring process and the interview stage was all but completed. The board will present its recommendations, criteria and background to the two new board members before announcing the next chief.
There is a big push for Schwab to take the FFA reins due to his near-unrivalled experience in the administration of Australian football, in particular his former role as chief of the PFA. Schwab was a co-founder of the players union in 1993 and served as its chief executive before leaving in 2012. He led several landmark CBA negotiations and devised the Australian Premier League plan with the PFA, which influenced the establishment of the A-League. He is the executive director of the global union for all players and athletes in professional sport.
One of the other fancied candidates is Johnson, a former professional player who represented Australia at youth levels. He went into sports administration and held senior roles within the Asian Football Confederation and FIFA before joining the influential City Football Group as senior vice-president of external affairs.
Rob Cavallucci was also a candidate but accepted an offer from Football Queensland on Monday to become its chief executive.
The stakeholders of Australian football – namely the state member federations, the A-League clubs and the players’ union – will vote in the two board directors on Thursday. They have the power to remove board members but, as of yet, have not tabled a proposal to axe director Heather Reid.
Agenda items for the meeting were required to be submitted nearly a month ago and sources involved in the AGM said there had been no mention of Reid’s future. She has been on indefinite leave for medical reasons since February and was forced to make a public apology to former Matildas coach Alen Stajcic for her comments after his sacking.