David Gallop is the best man to take the game of football to the next level, rugby league hero Laurie Daley said.
Gallop has been named as the successor to Football Federation Australia chief executive officer Ben Buckley, who will relinquish his post after the long-awaited new broadcast deal is signed, sealed and delivered.
A day after he was announced as NSW coach, Daley said football could not have picked a better leader.
"Soccer is getting better and if it was looking for a person to take it to a higher level David is the person to do that," Daley said.
"FFA has got itself a gem because David is a terrific administrator and it will look back on this day as the one it got the right man for the job.
"David is a very, very good man and a very honourable person.
"He's done a terrific job in rugby league to get it where it is today.
"If you look at the broadcasting rights deal that was announced yesterday, a lot of that was the groundwork David has done over the last 10 years in charge."
Daley, who played 21 times for Australia and took part in 23 State of Origin matches for NSW from 1989 to 1999, said he had no doubts that Gallop would be a huge success in his new role because of the way he tackled problems.
"I'm not across the problems soccer might have but I'm sure that if there is any issue that needs to be addressed he'll do it in the same way he has done it in rugby league," he said.
"He always makes decisions based on the best interests of the game.
"He's a very smart businessman and in a typical Aussie way he's a fair dinkum bloke.
"He faced a lot of challenges in rugby league and had to make some tough decisions."
Gallop is in England and unavailable for comment.
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