September 18, 2014 - 10:00PM
Rugby League Columnist
If governance is the special skill set of Wests Tigers’ recently appointed trio of independent directors, they have already failed with the process to appoint their coach.
The board will choose the coach, yet the chief executive, Grant Mayer, will decide who fills the newly created role of general manager – football, a powerful position with a $13 million budget. The coach will answer to the general manager, who will be responsible for all matters rugby league, from the junior representatives, under 20s, State Cup teams, recruitment, retention to the salary cap. The coach’s sole responsibility is the NRL team. In other words, the CEO chooses the Mr Football, who oversees the coach, who is selected by the board, which appoints the CEO.
Wests Tigers have therefore made another smart decision by deciding the general manager of football will be installed before the board selects the coach. Mayer says the former appointment will be announced at the grand-final lunch and the coach chosen in late October.
The Wests Tigers board would presumably identify a coach who would be willing to report to the football boss, suggesting the club’s next clipboard carrier will be a rookie.