AFL’s Kangaroos need to consider David Gallop
Drew Petrie marks for North Melbourne (Slattery Images)
Tuesday’s resignations of David Gallop and Eugene Arocca from the NRL and North Melbourne respectively were in many ways quite similar. Both had their positions made untenable by superiors and both will be big losses to their organisations.
While Brayshaw was the public face of the “new” North Melbourne, Arocca was the “nuts and bolts” man who got things done for the club without any of the publicity Brayshaw received.
Gallop was a fine administrator for the NRL in its development, as the ARL-News Limited partnership was built on a base of distrust.
He took it on himself to make the big decisions and while Gallop was not always right, he was never one to hide from the big calls.
Both CEO’s also suffered the indignity in departing in a similar indignant manner.
Arocca was being undermined by the North Melbourne board as they dithered over whether to give him a new deal. This was a sign in Arocca’s eyes, that the board had no faith in him.
Gallop, on the other hand, moved on. New management came in with new ideas and a new philosophy on how to run the NRL.
It is also obvious that the new rugby league Commission has never heard of the term “Don’t Piss on Statues”, as their send off was more a kick out the door than a warm goodbye.
Back to North Melbourne, they have an uphill task compared to the NRL in finding a good Chief Executive.
A small fan and corporate base, mounting debts and a team on the nose, the Kangaroos need someone with nous and grit to get the club rising again.
In my opinion, the ‘Roos need to chase David Gallop for the role.
Gallop has the skill, nous and street fighter abilities needed by North Melbourne. He should be at the top of James Brayshaw’s list.
North Melbourne should give Gallop six months rest and recuperation and then go after him hard.
Offer him good money and a free reign to change what he sees fit to make North Melbourne a successful football club.
Brayshaw seems to be in good contact with the AFL, so he should get them to help pay his salary as it would be a jewel in the crown for the AFL to get another piece of rugby league talent.
Although it seems unlikely that Gallop would agree, Brayshaw should do his job properly and go after the best available administrator in Australian sport.
While it would be a culture shock, it could be the appointment that breathes new life into a stagnant and mediocre management of the North Melbourne Football Club.