New FFA chairman Nikou ready to listen

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He's risen through the ranks from humble football origins to become FFA chairman, now Chris Nikou says he will consult and listen as he strives to unify the game.

Victorian Nikou, a senior executive with global law firm K&L Gates, on Monday replaced Steven Lowy as FFA chair.

While he was part of the previous board, Victorian Nikou was adamant he'd always tried to unify the dissenting camps in the fractured football community.

"I think over the past two years, those that have been closest, whether it's the three major stakeholders, the clubs, the PFA - all the member federations know that I've worked considerably behind the scenes trying to unite people to deal with the issues," Nikou said.

"My own personal view is the less we talk about the administrators the better. Let's get back to football.

"I would like to think that people judge me on what I've done, not what people might suspect."

Asked about his leadership style, Nikou said: "People who know me know that I consult widely, Iisten and then there's a measured response."

That willingness to consult will play a part in shaping the priorities of the new board who have plenty of things to address.

"The list is long , lets be frank about it. What we need to do is prioritise the ones that we think are the most critical and start to chip away, we can't be everything to everybody," he said.

Nikou said expansion was probably the No.1 priority for the new board and hoped a decision on which two teams would be added to the competition would be made in time for the successful bidders to participate in the 2019-20 season.

"It won't be through a lack of trying," Nikou said.

"But we will deliver a measured analysis of the bids and make a decision that we think is in the best interests of football in Australia."

He said working on the new operating model for the A-League going forward was the big ticket item for 2019.

FFA CEO David Gallop was optimistic about the future after a trying time for the round ball code .

"There's no doubt the last couple of years has been incredibly frustrating and in many respects this is a liberating day for those of us that are full-time employees of the game,' Gallop said.

Nikou held positions with Football Federation Victoria and Melbourne Victory before joining the FFA board four years ago, having played the game at a local level.

Source AAP