It’s good to be the boss.
Rather than, you know, advertise for the position, or even head-hunt potential candidates; the CEO of Wests Group, Phil Gardner and the Wests board – the new owners of the Knights – have instead appointed someone they know very well to the Knights’ CEO position – Gardner himself.
Yes, you read that right.
According to the Newcastle Herald, Gardner has announced that he’ll jointly fill both roles of Wests Group CEO and Knights CEO for an indefinite period.
“We’re committed to making this a benchmark organisation, as good as anything else in the league,” Gardner said. “To do that, I need to shoulder the leadership of the organisation, and I will… I can’t delegate that responsibility to someone else.”
“I think the best thing is that I get in there and do the job for the short term, and once we get through that, we’ll stop and have a look at who the right people are, from the administration side, and the football side.”
Suffice to say, we’d have thought that the position requires a full-time workload, and with five weeks before current CEO Matt Gidley vacates the position, they do have time to at least make an effort to find a long-term successor.
But, Wests Group are the new owners and are free to manage the club however they like.
After the debacle that was the Nathan Tinkler era, we’d be interested to know how the Knights faithful feel about this appointment. They’re the best fans in rugby league, and we hope this time they get treated right.