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The pressure on NRL CEO Todd Greenberg regarding overspending has taken the focus away from the mismanagement of the 16 clubs.
Phil Rothfield reported for The Daily Telegraph that there has been 100 different CEO’s and chairs in the last five years among the clubs.
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“Everyone seems to be blaming the NRL for the cost catastrophe and the fact everyone is struggling and we can’t pay the players, but what about the clubs?” Rothfield said on The Big Sports Breakfast.
“What about the mismanagement from the 16 clubs?
“Let’s start at Manly’s CEO’s, Pat Wilson, Grant Mayer, Paul Cummings, David Perry, Graham Lowe, Joe Kelly, Tim Cleary, Lyall Gorman and now Stephen Humphreys. Nine in 12 years.
“Cronulla had four in two and a half years. Lyall Gorman, Barry Russell, Richard Munro and Dino Mezzatesta. Now what sort of instability is that?
“When you look at clubs and how they have butchered money. Look at Penrith, they sacked Ivan Cleary. They brought in Anthony Griffin. They then extended Anthony Griffin. They were running fourth in the competition and they sack Anthony Griffin. Then they bring back Ivan Cleary. It is disgraceful.”
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Rothfield believes the NRL clubs have for too long been throwing money away with long-term bloated contracts for overpaid stars.
“Look at South Sydney who gave Greg Inglis and Sam Burgess long-term contracts and we knew with Inglis there were doubts about his long-term sustainability,” Rothfield said.
“He broke down a couple of years into the contract. They are paying out millions of dollars to those two players.
“The Dragons had to borrow $7 million dollars from the NRL after winning the competition. They went out and bought Ben Hunt for $1.2 million a season. $6 million over five years.
“And we all want to blame Todd Greenberg and the NRL. The standard of administration at the clubs is very ordinary.
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“Manly paid two coaches at once. Trent Barrett and Des Hasler who are million dollar coaches.”
Laurie Daley believes clubs should not be allowed to use their grant money from the NRL to sack players and coaches before their contracts expire.
“I think there has been a lot of wastage in rugby league,” Daley said.
“If you get a $10 million grant, which they won’t going forward, but I believe if you want to sack a player or coach that should come off your grant.
Manly paid Trent Barrett and his replacement Des Hasler at the same time.Source:AAP
“You shouldn’t get money to waste. It would make them think differently about how they run their business knowing that if you get rid of a coach or player and the coach is on $600,000 then they are not going to get extra money to do that. That will come off their cap the next year and so forth.”
Rothfield believes the NRL have ample revenue streams to make clubs viable provided they do not mismanage their funds.
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“The bottom line is in the old days the NRL grants were not as big as the salary cap,” Rothfield said.
“Today every club gets a $13 million dollar grant. That is $3.5 million over the top of their salary cap for player payments. They then get their sponsorships. They then get their bums on seats. They then get their memberships and merchandise.
“It should not be too hard under that scenario to at least be close to breaking even.
“What we saw last season is $24 million in losses across the game and the year before $50 million and the year before $60 million.”
Originally published as100 bosses in FIVE years: Forget Greenberg’s overspending… what about the 16 NRL clubs?
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