|ARLC Chief Exec Leaves Post|
Tuesday, 05 June 2012 06:14
Australian Rugby League Commission (ARLC) chief executive David Gallop will leave his position effective today.
The commission issued a statement thanking Gallop for over a decade of service but says it needs a change in direction.
''David understands the need for a fresh approach,'' commission chairman John Grant said.
''Taking this into account and with the interests of the game at heart, the board and David have reached an agreement that the game needs a different style of leadership detached from the past for the next stage of its development.''
Gallop signed a deal to be chief executive of the code for the next four years when the commission was formed in February but there has been speculation in recent weeks that he would leave the post.
Gallop has temporarily been replaced by National Rugby League (NRL) strategic general manager, Shane Mattiske, while the commission seeks to find a permanent replacement.
“It's been a privilege for me to lead the game over the last 10 years and see the game's resurgence,” Gallop said.
''I love the game and wish it well. Given there's never a good time to give effect to a decision such as this, the commission and I have both determined it's best for me to depart immediately.
''I would like to thank the clubs, the players, my staff and the fans of the game. It has been an exhilarating and challenging period, but no one can do this job forever.''
Gallop took over as chief executive of the NRL in 2002 and dealt with sex, drugs and assault scandals involving players as well as gambling issues and breaches of the salary cap.