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Mon Sep 07, 2009 7:43 am
McGurk murder mystery widens

September 7, 2009

THE captain of the Socceroos, Lucas Neill, and the former NSW planning minister Craig Knowles, have been caught up in the aftermath of the murder of Sydney bagman Michael McGurk.

Mr McGurk had been approached to be a behind-the-scenes financial middleman for an $8 million bid for a Western Sydney A-League team fronted by Neill. Mr Knowles is the chairman of the team, known informally as the Sydney Wanderers.

The news comes as another Western Sydney A-League proposal - headed by the businessman Joe Meissner, collapsed - putting the Football Federation of Australia's plans for a second Sydney team for next year under pressure. In recent months Mr Knowles had been seeking extra business investment for the Wanderers proposal.

Mr McGurk had numerous meetings with Neill's manager and business partner, Paddy Dominguez, late last year and at one point met Neill and the radio announcer Alan Jones.

Last night Mr Dominguez said Mr McGurk's murder would have no impact on the bid, now before the FFA for consideration.

''There is no tie here. Mr McGurk was not a shareholder or an investor. He was somebody we did speak to because we knew he manages money and has very big clients. We put our proposal to him and he spoke to people, but in the end they weren't interested [in investing in the Sydney Wanderers],'' Mr Dominguez said.

''Separate to that, Lucas Neill funds the A-League bid. There are no other investors, no one else. Lucas is the man behind the bid. He is the face of the bid and he is the one who provides the funds for the bid - no one else.''

Australian Securities and Investments Commission records show the company, Sydney Wanderers Football Club, was registered last November with Mr Dominguez and Neill as directors. The registered office and principal place of business is Bentley Smythe in York Street.

Bentley Smythe was the last-resort loan business owned by Mr McGurk. It is believed he was not putting in much of his own money but rather acting as a very interested middleman, using his company to gain financial support from other soccer-keen investors.

But Mr Dominguez said the fact that the Wanderers company was registered at Mr McGurk's office was ''nothing to do with Mr McGurk as an individual''. He said: ''There is a very simple explanation. He rented out office space and I will clarify it for you at a right and appropriate time.''

This year Neill, 31, said he wanted to be the Sydney Wanderers' marquee player, to give back to the sport. He is negotiating with overseas clubs Atletico Madrid and Sunderland for his next contract.

Neill said: "When I'm back in Australia, I want to be giving back as much as I can to the game in the hope that it brings other players on to play for the Socceroos as well as maybe keeping myself involved.''

Mr McGurk's murder came a day after the Western Sydney A League team proposal by Mr Meissner collapsed on Wednesday. Mr Meissner was supposed to supply financial details to the Football Federation but the bid's chairman, the marketing executive Ian Rowden, officially told it that the proof of working capital of about $6 million would not be forthcoming. At the same time he withdrew from his role as chairman of the bid.

Mr Meissner has had a colourful past, being a former world karate champion and professional poker player. But it was his connections to the NSW Labor Party and his convictions for assault and the theft of machine-guns that raised eyebrows. Mr Meissner's boat, Kanzen, became known as the ''Love Boat'' when politicians and organised crime figures consorted with a prostitute on it more than 20 years ago.

http://www.theage.com.au/national/mcgurk-murder-mystery-widens-20090907-fd0y.html


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Mon Sep 07, 2009 7:50 am
Bloody Hell, all Western Sydney bids have some sort of controversy connected to it.

Lucas Neill's- Michael McGurk Murder
Joe Meissner's- Assault convictions, as well as the "Love Boat" scandal
Chris Tanner- Former Canberra Cosmos executive


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Mon Sep 07, 2009 8:03 am
That leaves us or the 11 team option for next year. Tanner being part of any bid team is surely a huge conflict of interest as he is a "colourful" players agent.
BTW - he was never a "Cosmos chief"
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Mon Sep 07, 2009 8:05 am
Pittodrie Boy wrote:That leaves us or the 11 team option for next year. Tanner being part of any bid team is surely a huge conflict of interest as he is a "colourful" players agent.
BTW - he was never a "Cosmos chief"

Chris Tanner was the Canberra Cosmos executive.

Two other Western Sydney consortiums remain, one led by former Canberra Cosmos executive Chris Tanner and the other associated with Socceroo captain Lucas Neill. Also in contention is Eddy de Gabriele's Wollongong bid.

http://www.canberratimes.com.au/news/national/national/sport/ffa-warns-5000-fans-not-enough-for-match/1614531.aspx
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Mon Sep 07, 2009 8:07 am
Pittodrie Boy wrote:That leaves us or the 11 team option for next year. Tanner being part of any bid team is surely a huge conflict of interest as he is a "colourful" players agent.
BTW - he was never a "Cosmos chief"

Whoops My bad. I meant executive.
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Mon Sep 07, 2009 8:13 am
Tanner parted company with the Cosmos early in the piece and it was not on good terms. He then spent a hell of a lot of time white-anting them on every web-site he could log on to.
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Mon Sep 07, 2009 8:17 am
holy crap i think that this is awesome news, not about the murder but the scandals, all we need is that 1 mil and we're in.
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Mon Sep 07, 2009 8:17 am
Pittodrie Boy wrote:Tanner parted company with the Cosmos early in the piece and it was not on good terms. He then spent a hell of a lot of time white-anting them on every web-site he could log on to.

Exactly right... there isn't much chance on him securing the bid- and following this debacle it is hard to see Lucas Neill's bid getting that licence.
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Mon Sep 07, 2009 4:10 pm
does this help our bid though???
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Mon Sep 07, 2009 4:14 pm
JohnLovesCanberraUnited wrote:does this help our bid though???

Maybe... Maybe not.

If this bid is caught in this type of controversy then the FFA won't want it in the league.

But on the other hand, nothing is concrete about it.
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Mon Sep 07, 2009 4:54 pm
JohnLovesCanberraUnited wrote:does this help our bid though???

well if meeting the FFA's stringent criteria means having a murderer on your bid team then hell no.

who knows maybe the FFA will weave that one in their somewhere just to get WS in.
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Mon Sep 07, 2009 6:16 pm
Not sure either I saw the Capital Football CEO said on the weekend paper 18,000 registered players in the ACT are waiting for an answer.

Not exactly coming from a position of strength when you only can get 5k crowd to a game?
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Mon Sep 07, 2009 7:39 pm
I saw that Heather Reid interview also. She said that we have sponsors waiting until we get the nod before committing their money to our bid.
Would it not be reasonable for the FFA to award us the licence now,given that the Sydney bids are dropping off one by one. Then tell us to start recruiting etc and if by the time next years fixture list is due and, if it turns out we havn't got the money - go with an 11 team league - which, it seems is their only other option now anyway?
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Mon Sep 07, 2009 7:50 pm
If potential sponsors have not committed $$$ in writing to our bid yet I doubt they will do.

FFA don't give a license on potential only what's in the bank now.
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Mon Sep 07, 2009 8:05 pm
yeah it seems like a catch 22 situation.

we won't get the money without the license, and we won't get the license without the money.
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