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Sharks in no rush to find new CEO

By Ian McCullough 11/06/2010 02:04:47 PM Comments (0)

Cronulla chairman Damian Irvine says the NRL club are in no hurry to appoint a new chief executive following Richard Fisk's decision to quit last month.

Fisk decided not to renew his contract following a series of bust-ups with Irvine, four days after Sharks coach Ricky Stuart announced he would leave the club at the end of the season.

Irvine refused to confirm if the Sharks would have someone in place before the June 30 deadline for teams to sign players for this season, but said there was lot of interest in the position and hinted the role may be filled by someone already working at the club.

"It is a HR issue and not something I think is prudent for me to talk too much about as it is an ongoing process, but we are very confident we will appoint a very strong candidate," Irvine told AAP.

"It would be unfair of me to speculate or discuss candidates as there are people already at the club who may be interested."

"The club is in a far better position off the field than 12 months ago and there is less need to expedite the recruitment of a CEO like last year."

Fisk, who will leave the club on June 21, said he would be happy to offer advice to the Sharks board about a successor, but did not expect it to happen.

"I don't think they have made a decision going forward, they haven't advertised the role as far as I know and don't think I should be involved in the recruitment it should be an independent decision," Fisk told AAP.

"If they ask for my council I would be more than happy to provide it."

Fisk said he was proud of his role in helping the club get back on track following a disastrous 2009 season on and off the field, with sponsors leaving the club in droves following a series of scandals.

However, he stopped short of saying he would recommend the job to anyone.

"I think if someone would like a challenge in life, it would be perfect job," Fisk said.

"I think part of the role is being spread so it will be different, but if anyone in football was to contact me to ask about whether they should apply, it would be a private conversation between me and them."

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