Search for new CEO begins as McKie flies home

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 24 May, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 24 May, 2012, 12:00am


Scot Gordon McKie left Hong Kong yesterday after a brief and unsuccessful stint as the Football Association's first chief executive officer.

Under the government's Project Phoenix, the former head of the Scottish Rugby Union was employed on a three-year contract last November, but packed his bags after only six months. The HKFA yesterday confirmed the departure of Glasgow-born McKie, who returned to Hong Kong at the weekend following an unusual three-week break back home.

A decision was made by the HKFA board on Tuesday after a meeting of the parties and McKie has been offered HK$600,000 compensation, estimated to be two months' salary.

Although the HKFA cited personal reasons and said McKie would return home to rejoin his family, it is widely known he had differences with some HKFA board members over a number of issues. These include FA Cup which is still without a sponsor, the number of teams for next season, and the broadcast fee for First Division clubs contributing to Now TV.

HKFA chairman Brian Leung Hung-tak praised McKie's work in strengthening the association's organisation structure. 'Since his appointment, Gordon has made a significant contribution to the HKFA operations. He has significantly advanced the reorganisation of the HKFA Secretariat with the filling of a number of key positions under Project Phoenix. We wish Gordon well in the future.'

McKie said: 'I have enjoyed my short spell in Hong Kong and met some great people.

'However, the time is right for me to leave the HKFA and I look forward to taking up a new challenge in due course.'

The HKFA has begun looking for a replacement to continue the implementation of Project Phoenix.