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FIVE directors leave troubled Haven boardroom PDF Print E-mail
Written by John Walsh   
Wednesday, 09 June 2021

recreation ground.pngWhitehaven Rugby League club is now five directors short after their resignations were accepted last night.

Chairman Tom Todd had stood down last week and although there were pleas for him to re-consider he stuck to his original decision.

Former top-flight referee Steve Nicholson, who was one of the board members keen for the chairman to re-consider, subsequently stood down himself.

Three other directors have since followed them out of the door – Peter Boyle, Andrew Airlie and Paul Shepherd -and last night three of the seven remaining directors accepted their resignations.

Any boardroom split -whatever the sport, whatever the level – disrupts a club’s progress and Haven have enough on their plate establishing themselves in a competitive Championship without a fall-out among the men running it.

Perhaps the board was too large, and the more people who are involved in making decisions, the more room for bickering and fall-out. The best run clubs usually have six or seven at the top, closely knit individuals who work closely and constructively as a group.

Whatever has been going on at the Recreation Ground hasn’t been good and supporters have expressed their concerns that the split could impact on progress made by Gary Charlton’s team this season.

The worst case scenario could even see the club descend into chaos and more of the financial nightmares that have plagued it over the years.

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