Glenn Coleman Quits as Cronulla Sharks Chairman

May 17, 2013

Australian Rugby League’s Cronulla Sharks chairman Glenn Coleman has stepped down from the embattled NRL club after just two months in the job with former Olympian Damian Keogh expected to take his spot.

Coleman took over from predecessor Damian Irvine, who stepped-down in the midst of ASADA’s investigation into drugs in sport.

Coleman was left as the only director not aligned with the Sharks Unity ticket – headed by three-time Olympian and former Sydney Kings basketballer Keogh – whose group swept to power in recent board elections.

He remained unchallenged as chairman but had differing views to the new board.

Coleman said he was leaving to allow the new board of directors to lead the club.

“I’m handing over to a dynamic new group of directors,” he told The Daily Telegraph on Thursday.

“They’ve got to get their head around the ASADA issue and then move forward from there.

“I have no doubt, that long term, the club is going to be okay.”

Coleman, who played 123 first-grade games for Cronulla, said he was happy to step back and concentrate on his business.

“I’m extremely busy running my business so the timing is right,” Coleman said.

“I wish the club and the new board well in what I’m sure is going to be an exciting future.”

The new board is expected to ratify Keogh as chairman next week and appoint a new director in his place.

Cronulla have endured an inconsistent season 2013 season with the ASADA investigation proving a constant distraction to the players and officials.