Fox Football expert Mark Bosnich has made a desperate plea to state football federations across the country, warning “time is not on our side” to save the A-League.A critical decision in the future of Australian football looms with a June 30 deadline set for all parties to agree on the establishment of an independent competition.Stream over 50 sports live & anytime on your TV or favourite device with KAYO SPORTS. The biggest Aussie sports and the best from overseas. Just $25/month. No lock-in contract. Get your 14 day free trial >Bozza’s A-League plea2:14A-League clubs — and many experts — feel a competition run independent of Football Federation Australia is crucial to help reversing the leagues dwindling crowds and ratings, with Bosnich declaring they had “fallen off a cliff”.However there are concerns progress could be held up over several sticking points held by state federations.Speaking on the A-League Round Table, Bosnich emphasised the magnitude of the decision and urged all involved to put the game’s interests ahead of their own.“It must be known to everyone that the ratings have fallen off the cliff the last two years,” Bosnich said.“Fox TV ratings and also the commercial ratings for Channel 10.“With how it’s going right now, the Grand Final as great as it was, was the lowest rating Grand Final in A-League history.“The way things are going right now is unsustainable. Time is not on our side.”“So I will say to all those member federations… if I can’t appeal to your good will in the sense of doing something right, I will say this. If this procrastination results in loss of revenue from the clubs then you will be held accountable.”MORE FOOTBALL NEWSSOCCEROOS: Debutants galore in fresh-faced Socceroos squad ‘WORST KEPT SECRET’: Rudan named A-League newcomer’s inaugural boss‘COMING TO IMPROVE THE QUALITY’: ‘Excited’ Dutch tactician named Reds bossArnie explains new Roos squad2:05Bosnich said the states “need to realise how lucky they are” when it came to investment in the game.“(Fox Sports) have invested over half a billion dollars, the clubs have invested over 350 million dollars. These federations have got to be honest enough and say they have invested very very little,’ he said.“There’s four years left on that TV deal and we’re very lucky to have Fox Sports but luck can always run out.“The Socceroos are the flagship but the clubs and the A-League is the fleet and if that goes then the whole thing will go back to being part-time. Unless that’s what they want.”Fellow panellist and Fox Football commentator Andy Harper branded the coming decision Australian football’s “Brexit”.SIMON HILL: ‘Fork in the road’ that will make or break A-League“A lot of people, most people in the game voted to move away from the Lowy regine, that was the easy one to sell to various stakeholders,” he said.“Now our Brexit comes, what does the new way look like? And no one can agree.“Get an industrial-strength fan to whatever fog of distrust is still hanging around the negotiating table and blow it away, smoke the peace pipe and say let’s go forward with the game.”



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