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Longmuir stands down from Tiger

09/04/2009 10:13:05 PM Comments (0)

Wests Tigers chief executive Scott Longmuir has stood down after falling out with coach Tim Sheens and factions within the NRL club.

The Tigers released a statement confirming Longmuir's departure after the club's board had met late Thursday.

Longmuir was understood to be seeking more accountability from the club and in an internal email published by News Limited newspapers he admitted he had "ruffled a few feathers" by attempting to take the Tigers in a new direction.

He complained about poor structures within the club and appeared at loggerheads with Sheens about whether to run the Tigers as football club or as a business, Longmuir firmly in favour of the latter.

Sheens was understood to always have the numbers if it came down to one or the other having to leave.

But the club statement said Sheens was well aware of what needed to be done on and off the field.

"Media reports suggesting that Tim Sheens was shying away from accountability could not be further from the truth," it said.

"Anyone who knows Tim knows that he does not accept anything other than full commitment from everyone within his team and knows the standards he sets for himself.

"There isn't anyone associated with Wests Tigers that has been anything but disappointed with the end of season performances of our team over the last three years.

"Everyone is on notice that 2009 is an important year and everyone across the organisation is accountable for their individual performance and their contribution to the team's performance."

It went on to acknowledge the contribution Longmuir made to the club since he took up his initial role of general manager of sales and marketing in 2006.

"Scott was an integral part of securing not only the off-field but on-field success of the club over the period of his tenure including his role in establishing strong sponsorship growth for the organisation and more recently, the securing of Wests Tigers star players Captain Robbie Farah and Kiwi international Benji Marshall.

"The board wishes to publicly thank Scott for his outstanding contribution and the many achievements and wishes him every success in his future endeavours."

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