Five Parramatta officials have been suspended again as part of the NRL’s salary cap investigation into the Eels, after the NSW Supreme Court lifted an injunction order on Monday.
Eels chairman Steve Sharp, chief executive John Boulous, head of football Daniel Anderson, deputy chairman Tom Issa and director Peter Serrao will be limited to basic financial and statutory duties at the club.
The quintet’s registration with the game’s governing body was initially suspended when the NRL handed down its provisional sanctions on Tuesday, before they successfully sought a court injunction.
The court’s latest decision re-instated the NRL’s initial edict.
It is now up to Parramatta whether the five officials continue to be employees of the club as they prepare their defence of breach notices handed down by the NRL.
It is possible the five officials could now be stood down by the Parramatta club while they, and the Eels, prepare their response to that breach notice, that was handed down on Tuesday.
That would leave directors Geoff Gerard, Tanya Gadiel, Andrew Cordwell and Paul Garrard in charge of the Eels.
Parramatta can appoint an interim CEO if they so choose.
A final decision from the NRL is expected around two weeks after that.
The Eels are hopeful of shaving the $570,000 off their cap in order to be cap compliant, and as a result playing for competition points, in their first match against South Sydney on Friday since the NRL handed down the provisional sanctions.
However if the NRL’s final determination is that the five officials have been involved with the club while they are suspended, the Eels could lose any premiership points they have earned over the next six weeks.