De Bohun quits as A-League head

Head of A-League Damien De Bohun has reportedly stepped down from his position, effective at the end of the season, citing family reasons.

Fox Sports reports that de Bohun will address the ten A-League clubs on Wednesday, after contacting his internal staff today.

The administrator, who spent four years at the helm of Australia's top-flight football league, is believed to have stepped down after commuting for family between Sydney and Melbourne, as well as around the country for the league took its toll.

A former A-League operations manager in 2004, De Bohun would return eight years later, replacing the outgoing Lyall Gorman as the head of the A-League in 2012.

De Bohun has overseen a tumultuous time in the A-League that has included issues with clubs such as Newcastle Jets and Brisbane Roar, as well as fan discontent this season.

However, the former Cricket Australia administrator also helped transition the Western Sydney Wanderers succesfully into the national competition.

De Bohun also held the role of Head of the W-League during his tenure, which experienced its most successful season to date.

FFA CEO David Gallop said de Bohun’s commitment to work collaboratively with A-League clubs and the league's stakeholders has been the hallmark of his tenure.

“Damien brought incredible energy and dedication to the task, which spans a huge range of sporting, business and regulatory issues," said Gallop.

"Running the A-League is a seven day a week undertaking. Damien did that while travelling across the nation and New Zealand to be on the ground with clubs to better understand their key issues and environment.

“I totally understand his decision to return to Melbourne and wish him all the best.”

De Bohun joined FFA from Cricket Australia and was Head of the A-League during a period of sustained growth.

“What is most important is that the Hyundai A-League has become a part of the mainstream of Australian sport over the last four seasons," said de Bohun.
“From the outset this role has been exhilarating, with some of the early highlights being the Wanderers taking the A-League by storm and winning the AFC Champions League,  and the marquee players like del Piero, Heskey, Ono, Kewell and Villa giving the competition genuine star quality.

“The real focus, though, has been to work closely with the ten clubs and the vast array of other key stakeholders including broadcasters, A-League players and coaches, sponsors, stadiums, media and most importantly fans to create a stable and sustainable competition. We have achieved that today and I am very pleased that the Hyundai A-League is in a solid position heading into a new period of opportunity and growth."