NRL clubs want chair­man sacked

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Syd­ney: All 16 NRL clubs have re­port­edly is­sued a no-con­fi­dence vote in ARL com­mis­sion chair­man John Grant and called for him to be sacked.

The chair­men of all clubs have sent a let­ter to NRL head­quar­ters ask­ing for Grant’s head, ac­cord­ing to News Corp Aus­tralia. They have called for an emer­gency meet­ing for a vote on his future amid grow­ing frus­tra­tion over a fail­ure to come to an agree­ment on club fund­ing.

Ear­lier NRL chief ex­ec­u­tive Todd Green­berg de­fended Grant and hosed down talk of a move by clubs to oust him. Ten­sion has risen be­tween the clubs and Grant over the fail­ure to se­cure their fund­ing agree­ment, with four club chair­men walk­ing out of a meet­ing with him Green­berg at Rugby League Cen­tral on Wed­nes­day. The walk­out came af­ter the NRL pulled the club fund­ing agree­ment from the ta­ble, ar­gu­ing that un­til the col­lec­tive bar­gain­ing agree­ment and salary cap were agreed upon, it was point­less ne­go­ti­at­ing that deal.

While it would re­quire 75 per cent of clubs and the QRL and NSWRL to af­fect change to the com­mis­sion board, it’s been sug­gested Grant’s de­par­ture could act as a cir­cuit breaker for the grow­ing rift. But Green­berg had no doubt Grant should re­main in charge. “John’s a good man who works hard and al­ways puts the game first,” Green­berg said on Thurs­day.

“And he’s con­tin­ued to do that as the chair­man. I have ab­so­lute faith in that.”

Club bosses are frus­trated that they couldn’t reach an agree­ment nearly 12 months af­ter sign­ing a me­moran­dum of un­der­stand­ing over fund­ing and they’re con­cerned they won’t re­ceive as much of the new $1.8 bil­lion tele­vi­sion deal as they thought.- AAP

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