'Nothing new', but Mayer faces big ask in restoring Tigers'



  • ’Nothing new’, but Mayer faces big ask in restoring Tigers’ fortunes
    DateJune 2, 2013 (0)
    From SMH.com
    Adrian ProszenkoChief Rugby League Reporter
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    Grant Mayer has been charged with turning around the fortunes of the Wests Tigers after being appointed as the club’s chief operating officer.

    Mayer is expected to be formally announced in the position on Monday after holding the role of general manager of commercial operations since October last year.

    The Tigers are on the lookout for a new chief executive and Mayer will run the club on an interim basis once Stephen Humphreys leaves the post.

    ‘‘Grant will be the ultimate go-to man in terms of day-to-day administration,’’ Tigers chairman Mike Bailey said. ‘‘There are many things we need to consider as a football club, including sponsorship, etc, and he will have to step into the main role even though he won’t be stepping into the chief executive’s role.’’

    Advertisement Mayer has extensive experience in sports administration. He was the chief executive of the Sea Eagles when they tasted premiership success, held a senior position at the Bulldogs and spent almost three years at the GWS Giants as their general manager of commercial operations.

    ‘‘The board has shown some faith in me and given me a great opportunity to help the club,’’ Mayer said. ‘‘The fact I’ve done it before, at CEO level at a couple of clubs, means it’s nothing new to me and I’m looking forward to the challenge.’’

    Mayer’s priority will be to find a replacement for Humphreys, and the board is likely to sign off on the recruiting process this week. There are plenty of other challenges for the bottom-placed club, including recruitment and retention. He said one of his priorities would be to resolve the long-term future of star playmaker Benji Marshall.

    ‘‘There are three Rs in rugby league - retention, recruitment and revenue,’’ Mayer said. ''That’s what I will be focusing on in the next period, making sure we get that right. The fans have been exceptionally patient and I can assure them is they’ll get my 100 per cent commitment while the board goes through the process.

    ‘‘You can probably add an extra ‘R’ and that’s resilient, which is exactly what the Tigers fans are.’’

    Mayer, who worked with Mick Potter during a stint at the Catalans Dragons, believes the coach can turn the club’s fortunes around in his debut NRL season. ‘‘Knowing Mick as I do, he’s been around coaching and football for a long time and he understands the situation,’’ he said. ''It is a process and he’s come on board at a time when the coaching group and the football team itself has been put together by his predecessor. He’s also suffering injuries like no other club before. He’s got his own challenges but he is certainly up to the challenge.’’



  • Sounds like he should be the new CEO

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  • The last paragraph - correct me if im wrong - but I think Penrith have more injuries than us. Food for thought.



  • @AmericanHistoryX:

    The last paragraph - correct me if im wrong - but I think Penrith have more injuries than us. Food for thought.

    Don’t think so. Their State Cup squad was littered with FG talent yesterday.



  • @T-REXX:

    Sounds like he should be the new CEO

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    It’s usual to move someone to the role of COO in advance of appointing them as CEO so IMO, unless Mayer stuffs up over the next 2-3months, the job will be his.



  • I wonder if Meriton stay on board now?



  • @snowleopard:

    @T-REXX:

    Sounds like he should be the new CEO

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    It’s usual to move someone to the role of COO in advance of appointing them as CEO so IMO, unless Mayer stuffs up over the next 2-3months, the job will be his.

    I wasn’t aware that Grant and Potter had a professional relationship overseas, that is good news. I hope he does get the job as they have worked together before and already know what to expect of each other.



  • Dont mind that they have had a previous experience working together , but lets hope they don’t get too comfortable with each other

    That was the problem with Sheens and Humpty and look where that left us

    I’m guessing Potter DOES have KPI’s unlike his predecessor



  • @happy tiger:

    Dont mind that they have had a previous experience working together , but lets hope they don’t get too comfortable with each other

    That was the problem with Sheens and Humpty and look where that left us

    I’m guessing Potter DOES have KPI’s unlike his predecessor

    Even the players have KPI’s Happy.

    Good that he acknowledges Potter’s situation with the players being the work of his predecessor.

    Everyone keeps comparing the injury toll of us and Penrith but look at the quality of the players injured that they have. 2 weeks ago the only player that was worth much to them was a forward. Given their pack isn’t led by a 23 year old that’s not a very big impact.
    Meanwhile we’re missing BOTH our experienced centres, Anasta, Galloway, 2 odd props returning from injury and apparently 2 players with needles every week at the same point in time. Quantity wise it’s the same, Quality, not even close.

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  • @Anthism:

    @happy tiger:

    Dont mind that they have had a previous experience working together , but lets hope they don’t get too comfortable with each other

    That was the problem with Sheens and Humpty and look where that left us

    I’m guessing Potter DOES have KPI’s unlike his predecessor

    Even the players have KPI’s Happy.

    Good that he acknowledges Potter’s situation with the players being the work of his predecessor.

    Everyone keeps comparing the injury toll of us and Penrith but look at the quality of the players injured that they have. 2 weeks ago the only player that was worth much to them was a forward. Given their pack isn’t led by a 23 year old that’s not a very big impact.
    Meanwhile we’re missing BOTH our experienced centres, Anasta, Galloway, 2 odd props returning from injury and apparently 2 players with needles every week at the same point in time. Quantity wise it’s the same, Quality, not even close.

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    The comment was aimed fairly and squarely at Sheens Anthism , not at the players

    We all have KPI’s these days in our working lives and at home (the wife is a hard task master 😆 )



  • This article is all FLUFF. Until the board issues have been fixed it doesn’t matter who the CEO is. An independent board will bring success just don,t hold your breath …I,m sure there is to much black or not enough white somewhere!



  • @happy tiger:

    @Anthism:

    @happy tiger:

    Dont mind that they have had a previous experience working together , but lets hope they don’t get too comfortable with each other

    That was the problem with Sheens and Humpty and look where that left us

    I’m guessing Potter DOES have KPI’s unlike his predecessor

    Even the players have KPI’s Happy.

    Good that he acknowledges Potter’s situation with the players being the work of his predecessor.

    Everyone keeps comparing the injury toll of us and Penrith but look at the quality of the players injured that they have. 2 weeks ago the only player that was worth much to them was a forward. Given their pack isn’t led by a 23 year old that’s not a very big impact.
    Meanwhile we’re missing BOTH our experienced centres, Anasta, Galloway, 2 odd props returning from injury and apparently 2 players with needles every week at the same point in time. Quantity wise it’s the same, Quality, not even close.

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    The comment was aimed fairly and squarely at Sheens Anthism , not at the players

    We all have KPI’s these days in our working lives and at home (the wife is a hard task master 😆 )

    Yeah I know :slight_smile: was just saying surely everyone else at WT does now too

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  • Banned

    One of his first “R” 's is to shop benji around. No one is interested in his price tag …. Source ST

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