Angry phone call sealed NRL boss’ fate

Paul Kent has lifted the lid on the lack of faith Peter V’landys had in Todd Greenberg to fulfil his role, which led to him jumping before he was pushed.

Greenberg resigned from his post as NRL CEO on Monday and Kent sighted Greenberg’s failure to instil confidence that he could get the game through the coronavirus pandemic.

“The commission had lost all confidence in Todd to do the job,” Kent said on Fox League Live.

“He jumped before he was pushed. He was on the way out. Todd was days away I believe from being sacked at the start of the season.

“Then the coronavirus pandemic hit and he got a stay of execution.

“What pressed the urgent button in the last week was Peter V’landys was sick of being blindsided by failures at NRL headquarters.”

Kenty drops bombs on Todd Greenberg

NRL: Paul Kent has joined League Live to break down Todd Greenberg standing down in his role as NRL CEO.

Kent sighted Greenberg’s lack of action in answering the simple requests of the Warriors as the final straw.

“The Warriors had continually asked the NRL for details around them moving to Australia,” Kent said.

“When they would get there. How they would get there and there was talk their families were going to come.

“The NRL failed to respond to Warriors CEO Cameron George and the concerns that the club had.

“The Warriors are vital to forming a 16 team competition and here they are asking legitimate questions and not even getting a response.”

V’landys berated Greenberg on the phone hook up.Source:AAP

The issue came to a head on a phone hook up last week where V’landys took aim at Greenberg over his failure to respond to the Warriors.

“There was a phone hook up with Peter V’landys, Todd Greenberg and Cameron George where all this came to light to Peter V’landys,” Kent said.

“In the phone hook up V’landys lambasted Greenberg and said Todd why haven’t you done this? Why haven’t you sorted it out.

“There were a lot of things like that where clubs who had long ago lost faith. You only have to read numerous quotes from club CEO’s in the past few weeks where they haven’t been getting sufficient answers or any answers in some cases.

“They have been going over Greenberg’s head straight to V’landys who has been fixing the problem for them.

“I think V’landys was hoping to get through this pandemic without having to do this, but essentially no real work was being done in there.

“He was forced to pull the trigger and it has been portrayed as Todd resigning, but let’s be honest he jumped before he was pushed.”

TOP CANDIDATES TO BE NEXT NRL CEO

Andrew Abdo: The new acting chief executive and front-runner for the top job. South African who has spent six years as the NRL’s chief commercial operator. Has been in charge of the game’s brand and sponsorship since 2013. Joined chairman Peter V’landys on a recent trip to the USA to meet with Lachlan Murdoch and streaming services, and is also part of the Project Apollo Committee. The chartered accountant shapes as a big chance.

Dave Trodden: The boss of the NSW Rugby League since 2013 after almost a decade as chairman of the Wests Tigers. With a background in law, Trodden has helped plan and open the NSWRL Centre of Excellence at Homebush and swept through reform merging with the Country Rugby League last year following three decades of talks.

Paul White: Brisbane chief executive since 2010 with a long history as a coach and player in Queensland rugby league. A former police officer, White has impressed some within the NRL as he sat in recent meetings with players regarding their wages through the coronavius hiatus. Has previously stated he plans on leaving the Broncos at the end of this season.

NSW NRL CEO Dave Trodden.Source:News Corp Australia

Peter V’landys: The game’s chairman, who would need to take on an executive chairman role to move into the top job. Has taken on a bigger role through the coronavirus as the leading man with broadcasters amid discontent with Greenberg. Would have busy schedule if he took on the job given he is also CEO of Racing NSW, but has indicated he does not want to replace Greenberg with himself.

Don Furner: Chief executive of the Canberra Raiders since 2008, and one of the most respected club bosses in the game. Has a seat on the NRL’s Project Apollo Committee and recently helped set up and open the Raiders’ $20 million centre of excellence. Has the ability to make tough decisions, including sacking his brother David as coach of Canberra in 2013.

Dave Donaghy: Melbourne club boss who has gone from media manager to chief executive since first arriving at the club in 2008. Smooth operator and one of the youngest CEOs in the game, Donaghy has a background as a journalist and also spent three years with the Brisbane Lions in the AFL.

Blake Solly: South Sydney boss since 2016. Has a legal background, but crucially spent two years as general manager of the English Super League between 2014 and 2016. Has sat on NRL committees in the past, but indicated earlier this month he was not interested in taking Todd Greenberg’s role if it became available.

Simon McGrath: The chief operating officer at Accor Hotels. Doesn’t have the same rugby league background as a number of the other contenders, but was close to replacing Dave Smith in 2016 before Greenberg eventually won out. That lack of a club background could help his cause, removing the issue of any perceived bias in dealing with difficult situations.

— with AAP

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