Experts have criticized the AFLW boss as their priorities are being questioned as players are desperate for answers.
AFLW chief Nicole Livingstone’s decision to comment on an upcoming swim match as mystery surrounds the details of the new football season has been targeted.
the herald sun reported that Livingstone, a three-time Olympian, will comment on the Australian Swimming Championships later this month.
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That move caused anxiety as there are plans for the start of next AFLW season to be brought forward in August, after last season only ended in April. Players have complained that details on the exact dates of the new season have not yet been given, left in the dark on how to organize their schedules to make sure they are available.
In addition to setting the calendar, Livingstone and his team must also define a new collective agreement with the AFLPA and introduce four new expansion teams into the competition.
Broadcaster Andy Maher said it was a “bad look” for Livingstone to comment on swimming with so many problems surrounding the AFLW.
“If Nic goes to Adelaide to comment on swimming and there is no CBA, there is no start date, there are no updates on any of the key issues facing the entire AFLW community and it shows Nicole Livingstone is getting on with its stuff outside of it… I can see (because it doesn’t look good), ”Maher told SEN. The ride home.
“I think it’s a tough sell and it’s a bad look and I think everyone in the AFLW community would agree.
“She is the boss. She is the head of women’s football in the AFL and there are many people desperate for key information.
“So it’s looking bad and I think it’s been around long enough to know. You know how these things turn out. “
Melbourne legend Garry Lyon has also been critical, saying someone should tell her not to comment on swimming.
“We would tear (AFL CEO) Gillon McLachlan apart if he were commenting on polo,” said Lyon. SEN Breakfast. “The competition has no start date.
“I read it today and thought, ‘It doesn’t look good at all.’
“You are the managing director of the AFLW competition who is in a period of rapid growth and is entering its most delicate situation. I don’t think the head of that situation should be in the moonlight. “
Collingwood co-captain Steph Chiocci was critical on Twitter about the uncertainty about the new season, while colleague Magpie Sarah Rowe said last month: “Please @aflwomens give us the pre-season start dates so that we can plan our lives. “
Originally published as AFLW boss under fire for commentary clash as confusion reigns