The Perth Glory salary cap crisis has claimed its first scalp with CEO Jason Brewer resigning his post on today.
Brewer apologised for the scandal that has engulfed the A-League outfit while maintaining there were no “secret” or third party payments made on behalf of the club.
Glory were fined $269,000 and dumped from the finals this season for the alleged deliberate breaching of the cap to the tune of $400,000.
Football Federation Australia said it planned to slap the club with a third show cause notice following fresh allegations amounting to $100,000.
Club owner, Tony Sage had earlier indicated Brewer would not survive the fall out if breaches were proved.
Brewer said it was in the best interests of the club to resign immediately and before the independent disciplinary committee handed down its findings on Glory’s appeal, sometime today.
The WA outfit will be steered by senior management until a new CEO can be appointed.
In further developments a large number of fans plan to boycott Perth’s Sunday match against Melbourne City – after calling for the heads of Brewer and club owner Tony Sage.
See Brewer's statement below:
I would like to personally apologise for a series of events which have resulted in the club facing sanctions by the Football Federation of Australia.
As CEO I ultimately take full responsibility for these actions which have resulted in the club being eliminated from this year’s Hyundai A-League finals campaign.
The decision by the FFA to eliminate the club from the finals, in no way reflects the massive effort undertaken this year by everyone, involved with the club.
I would like to stress that I genuinely love Perth Glory FC and all those involved with the club.
Two years ago I stepped into the role with the belief that I could make a difference.
As a father of three, I have always wanted the best for my family and I applied the same principal to my “football” family and have at all times wanted the best for the club, its staff, sponsors, players, members and supporters.
There has been much media speculation regarding the club’s salary cap position.
Like every A-League club, we manage it throughout the season and it must be made very clear that this club has made each and every payment through its own records.
There have been no so called “secret” or “third party” payments made on behalf of the club.
As I said, as CEO of the club, the ultimate responsibility rests with me and for this reason I must take full and total responsibility.
It is therefore, in the best interests of the club, I announce that from today I am resigning as CEO of Perth Glory…with immediate effect and before the outcome of the appeal process is reached.
I unreservedly apologise to the staff, sponsors, members, fans and players of Perth Glory for the position in which the club finds itself in.
Perth Glory is a great club, with a great tradition - it has world class fans, quality players and quality staff... And they should all be supported in moving forward.
This Sunday marks the last home game of the season for Perth Glory FC
I would like to urge all the members and fans to flock to nib Stadium and give the boys and Kenny Lowe the send off they all deserve.