Soccer players' union boss quits

November 27, 2012

Former AFL star Nick Holland has stepped down as chief executive of the Professional Footballers Australia (PFA) after less than six months in the job.

Holland switched codes to soccer and took over the position in July from Brendan Schwab, who had 19 years at the helm of the players' union.

The PFA issued a statement on Tuesday saying Holland's departure was effective immediately.

"The amicable separation follows a divergence in views between Nick and the PFA regarding the direction of the Association," the statement said.

"The PFA will not be making any further comment on this matter."

A centre half-forward who played more than 200 games for the Hawks, Holland, who retired in 2005, previously worked as a lawyer and was an active delegate for the AFL Players Association during his playing career.