Parramatta Eels board to be sacked in days


Deputy NSW Premier Troy Grant will sack the Parramatta Eels board of directors in a matter of days, after the board appealed their fines by the NRL and stopped plans for an emergency general meeting on Friday.Speaking to 2GB’s ‘The Continuous Call Team’, Grant, also the Minister for Justice, Police and Racing, said he had the authority to appoint a temporary administrator if the board was deemed to be “not fit to govern”, on the advice of the Independent Liquor and Gaming Authority.”Obviously the news is terrible out of Parramatta,” he said. “If there’s a call from the fans, the members, and the broader industry of registered clubs, then I will move onto it immediately, and as soon as that advice is at hand, make a determination and advise everyone.”Grant said he hopes to have that advice “as soon as Monday”.Grant described the results of the NRL inquiry as “significant” and criticised the Eels board for selfishness.”You’ve got to put service above self in anything that you do in public administration, or administration of a body that’s on behalf of others,” he said. “I’m not sure that’s being done.””As the Minister, I don’t have any fear or flavour in acting in the best interests of the Parramatta Eels Leagues Club members, and ultimately, the NRL footy club”.Grant said it wasn’t a decision the Government would take lightly, saying “we always would rather the board resolve all their issues in the best interests of the members, but where that’s not possible, or there’s a high likelihood of that not succeeding,” then the Minister has the power to sack the board.Grant emphasised that no decision would be made until he had received the advice of the “experts” from the Independent Liquor and Gaming Authority.NRL chief executive Todd Greenberg said tweeted he was supportive of government action to sack the Eels board.”Lots of questions & concerns re Eels…We strongly support any government move to make the Parramatta Eels strong.Players & fans deserve it!” he tweeted.”A strong front office will help restore the Parramatta Eels to the great club it could be & should be!”

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