Ex-Souths boss pulls out of NRL CEO race and slams treatment of Greenberg

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Former Rabbitohs boss Shane Richardson has scratched his own name from the running to be the NRL’s next CEO, lashing the treatment of the game’s former boss Todd Greenberg.

Greenberg resigned last week amid the coronavirus pandemic due to the game’s precarious financial position that he copped a lot of blame for overseeing.

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Richardson’s name was put forward as a potential successor by Russell Crowe, but the ex-Souths boss does not intend to run for the position.

“I’ve got a genuine interest in assisting the game where I can, (but) to run the NRL is not something I particularly want to do,” he told 2GB’s The Continuous Call Team.

“It’s a very difficult job and I’m sure Todd Greenberg’s wife and family are extremely happy that he’s home with them now because of the crap that he was put through.

“It just makes it very difficult to do the role.”

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Richardson took exception to the treatment of his former colleague at the NRL and believes Greenberg made the scapegoat at a difficult time.

“Completely and utterly (unfair),” Richardson said of the criticism levelled at Greenberg.

“People were going on about the CEO and the buck stops with him, but he took on a very untenable job in the first place.

“He didn’t do the original deal that put the NRL in the position that it’s in. He certainly had a lot of bravery taking it on and at the end of the day it was a very difficult task.

Shane Richardson believes Todd Greenberg was unfairly criticised.Source:AAP

“It came crumbling down with the virus, but a lot of businesses have come crumbling down with the virus.

“For anybody to sit there and say that Todd didn’t do his best and he didn’t have the game at heart or he didn’t answer every call when people rang him, that was one of the biggest things in my time, he was always there if you contacted him, they didn’t know Todd Greenberg.”

Richardson pointed to the deal where the NRL was forced to borrow $50 million from the broadcasters as a reason why Greenberg was up against it from the start of his tenure.

“The expertise of creating money, like Andrew Abdo who is excellent at what he does, and the expertise of running football are two different skills,” Richardson said.

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“It’s a very difficult world to have one person operating those two separate sets of skills. I really do believe (Greenberg) inherited a poisoned chalice.

“You tell me in business, any business in the world, gets $2 billion and then has to borrow $50 million from the people they just got $2 billion off to actually cash flow the next 18 months.

“What sort of deal is that? What sort of business has that as its starting point? You start $50 million dollars behind the eight-ball before you go any further.

“So instead of making decisions for the totality of the game, you’re really making decisions on a day-to-day basis.”

Originally published asEx-Souths boss pulls out of NRL CEO race and slams treatment of Greenberg

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