D-Day looms for Eels board

D-Day looms for Eels board

D-Day looms for the Parramatta board on Tuesday.

The Parramatta Leagues Club board could be sacked when the Independent Liquor and Gaming Authority board meets at a special meeting at 2pm to decide its fate.

NSW deputy premier Troy Grant asked for the meeting to be convened after expressing deep concerns about the NRL club and its direction in the wake of the salary cap saga.

Grant has the power to sack the leagues club board and appoint an independent administrator if he receives advice from the ILGA and it will have a powerful flow-on effect for the Eels football club board.

By sacking the leagues club board, he will effectively remove the football club board as well. The two boards are mirrors of each other, sharing the same seven directors.

Directors must sit on the leagues club board to be on the other.

If the leagues club board is sacked, it’s unclear as to how a new football club board would be selected, though it’s likely the administrator would work with the NRL to put a replacement in place.

Grant said he had reluctantly got involved after it became clear the board was dysfunctional and said it was up to “the grown ups” to step in and sort it out.

Eels chairman Steve Sharp, board members Geoff Gerard and Peter Serraro have expressed their readiness to fall on their swords and their support for Grant’s attempt to appoint an administrator.

Sharp on Saturday said in a statement that it was impossible for the board to be effective and offered to step down.

Sharp and Serraro are a part of the so-called “Gang of Five” administrators who were banned by the NRL in the wake of the salary cap saga.

The club has flagged its intention to appeal some of the sanctions handed down by the NRL, including the $1 million and the loss of 12 competition points.

The “Gang of Five” have until Wednesday to lodge an appeal over their sanctions.

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