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 By AAP

FFA boss David Gallop '100 percent' staying amid Cricket Australia links

Australia are remaining quite confident ahead of their opener versus France and are focusing on the mantra about playing as a collective.
Jamie Maclaren says the confident Socceroos are happy to be kicking off their World Cup against a team as strong as France.
France coach Didier Deschamps is already analysing Australia's potential formations and has called out a few of the Socceroos' most pivotal players.
Stephanie Brantz is on site as Australia are in good spirits with their preparations ahead of their World Cup opener against France.

FFA chief Steven Lowy has ruled out the departure of chief executive David Gallop to the vacant role at Cricket Australia, saying he will oversee the renewal of the A-League next season and future expansion.

Gallop, a lifelong cricket fan and previous Sydney first-grade player with UNSW, has been linked with the position following James Sutherland's decision to step down.

But he has no plans to pitch for the job, hasn't had contact with CA, and in any case, Lowy isn't about to let him go.

"I'm 100 percent confident that David will remain the CEO of FFA," Lowy said, repeating "100 percent" for good measure.

Gallop said he was wholly committed to soccer's top job, rather than switching codes.

"At this stage I've got plenty of challenges and some exciting opportunities in this job and that's what I'm concentrating on," he said.

The month is a huge one for the round ball game.

The Socceroos face France, Denmark and Peru at the World Cup, hopeful of getting out of the group stage for just the second time in Australia's history.

Decisions will also be reached over expanding the A-League and W-League, with 15 bidders hopeful of being shortlisted for two extra positions from 2019-20.

Then there's the next phase of crisis talks over the game's governance, instigated by FIFA, soon to be overseen by an independent mediator.

Lowy said he was hopeful rather than confident it would be resolved.



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"I'm hopeful it will be resolved with a fresh approach, with a result the game can go forward with," he said.

"Having an independent chair going through and trying to break through these issues is a fair way to go about it."

The chairman, who followed his property and retaining magnate father Frank into the position, said he understood the need to keep reforming and growing the game.

"We're moving on with expansion of the game. There are a number of detractors to that but equally you see a number of A-League chairmen in favour of what we're doing," he said.

"We're getting on with the job of expanding the game, of making next year's A-League exciting and addressing the issues that we need to, together with the clubs and [broadcaster] Fox Sports.

"It's our expectation ... next year's A-League will be much better."

Sydney FC fired a shot in the expansion wars last week by publicly supporting a Macarthur bid rather than the southern suburbs bid.

Gallop called the salvo "less than ideal" but said the Sky Blues' views would be "taken into account."

"We've always said that we have to be really careful to consider the impact on the existing clubs," he said.

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