Victoria Racing Club is facing a backlash from members over its decision to appoint a new chief executive from within.Victoria Racing Club is facing a backlash from members over its decision to appoint a new chief executive from within.Photo: Getty Images

The Victoria Racing Club’s announcement of a new chief executive has unravelled into a public relations nightmare for the home of the Melbourne Cup.

After a two-and-a-half-year search, the club appointed a new chief executive from within – Simon Love.

The decision to promote Love over acting CEO Julian Sullivan has upset many long-term members.