Brisbane Roar have axed the club's Managing Director, Mark Kingsman, citing a need for greater governance, oversight and a deeper connection with members.
Roar's owners, The Bakrie Group, announced the decision to "part ways" with Kingsman after 14 months was part of a restructuring plan for the club and "not taken lightly".
A new Managing Director will be appointed within the coming weeks. Club Chairman Rahim Soekasah will assist with the daily management of the club and install an advisory board.
Kingsman took to social media to express his disappointment with the sacking.
Disappointed to have my employment terminated by @brisbaneroar. Thank you everyone for your support over the past 14 months.— Mark Kingsman (@marksurfers) October 16, 2017
The latest off-field drama for the club follows a dire start to the A-League season, with back-to-back losses including a 2-1 home defeat to Adelaide on Friday in front of modest crowd of just over 11,000.
“Mr. Kingsman has served the club well for over a year and we thank him for his contribution,” Soekasah said.
“As we continue to grow, our club needs greater governance and oversight with a deeper connection with our members, the business sector and the greater community in general.
“I want to see Brisbane Roar become the largest club in Australia and we can only do this by truly engaging people.
“I’m excited about our club’s future and the contributions our initial advisory board will bring to the club.
“We have strong squads across our Hyundai A-league, Westfield W-League and Foxtel National Youth League teams and I know they will all have successful seasons.”