NRL remains without a CEO

The NRL remains without a chief executive after Tuesday’s ARL Commission (ARLC) meeting.

Almost six months since Dave Smith stepped down from the post, the new rugby league boss was high on the agenda at the meeting headed up by ARLC chairman John Grant, as was Parramatta’s ongoing salary cap woes.

NRL head of football Todd Greenberg is still the leading contender, although it is yet to be seen how the governing body’s troubled crackdown on players making contact with the referee affects his candidacy.

It is understood the ARLC continued to interview candidates on Monday.

However, there remains no resolution on the matter.

“There has been no decision on a CEO,” a NRL spokesman told AAP.

Smith left rugby league’s top job on October 19.

Canterbury boss Raelene Castle and Gold Coast CEO Graham Annesley have also been mentioned as candidates for rugby league’s most high-profile and high-pressure position, as has Harvey Norman chief executive Katie Page and ex-Penrith boss Warren Wilson.

Parramatta avoided a four-point premiership penalty earlier this year after overhauling their governance structure. However, there is the suggestion heads could roll at the Eels over the latest fiasco that includes allegations of manipulation of third-party deals.

Long-serving Eels chairman Steve Sharp is said to be in the firing line.

On Sunday, Parramatta boss John Boulous said the Eels had launched an internal probe into the latest claims.

Suggestions the Eels could be penalised up to 10 premiership points over the latest drama are understood to be off the mark.

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