David Gallop's statement on Wellington Phoenix

FFA CEO David Gallop released a statement regarding meetings with Wellington Phoenix Chairman Rob Morrison and FFA Chairman Frank Lowy in Sydney today (Mon).

In the statement Mr Gallop said: "FFA chairman Frank Lowy and I met with Wellington Phoenix chairman Rob Morrison in Sydney today to discuss the issue of Phoenix's length of licence.

"Rob underlined the Phoenix's financial stability, a matter which is not in dispute.

‘We agreed on a number of issues, but in particular that the lack of support from other New Zealand stakeholders is a key issue.

“There are on-going discussions with NZ broadcasters, which the Phoenix have agreed to continue, while the need to expand interest in and the identity of the club across all of New Zealand not just Wellington was also raised.

“FFA expect the club to come back with firm proposals in the near future."