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#1 markleeds

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Posted 04 October 2012 - 05:57 PM

Clive Woodward has left his post at the BOA, does anyone think he could do a good job as Executive Chairman of the RFL?

Personally I think he could open a few doors for the game and increase sponsorship and coverage.

#2 Old Frightful

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Posted 04 October 2012 - 06:03 PM

I imagine it would have to be one hell of a salary to make up for having his social calender wiped clean overnight.

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#3 Futtocks

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Posted 05 October 2012 - 08:41 AM

One-hit wonder. ;)

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#4 Ponterover

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Posted 05 October 2012 - 09:08 AM

Clive Woodward has left his post at the BOA, does anyone think he could do a good job as Executive Chairman of the RFL?

Personally I think he could open a few doors for the game and increase sponsorship and coverage.


Well, no one could argue that the BOA have hit new heights during his time there.

He has an affinity with the oval shaped ball, so why not?

As another poster says though, his social calendar would be ruined, Leeds is a bit different to London!

#5 Northern Sol

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Posted 05 October 2012 - 10:03 AM

Yes, I do think he'd do a good job. He is an organiser and a very good one, not a technical coach.

#6 Northern Sol

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Posted 05 October 2012 - 10:04 AM

As another poster says though, his social calendar would be ruined, Leeds is a bit different to London!


He grew up in North Yorkshire. He has Scouse relatives (and supports Everton).

#7 EastLondonMike

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Posted 05 October 2012 - 10:19 AM

Despite his obvious ties to union, i think he would do a good job.

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#8 a.n Other

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Posted 05 October 2012 - 10:21 AM

Despite his obvious ties to union, i think he would do a good job.

I agree. But would big Nigel want to work with some one with a profile and reputation as big as Woodwards? Does Wood have any influence over the appointment?

#9 GeordieSaint

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Posted 05 October 2012 - 10:24 AM

I agree. But would big Nigel want to work with some one with a profile and reputation as big as Woodwards? Does Wood have any influence over the appointment?


Hopefully not so they can sack Wood and Rimmer and replace them with Woodward and a few other decent operators...

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#10 Dave T

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Posted 05 October 2012 - 10:41 AM

He may come in and do a good job, but he would make unpopular decisions and the fans would soon turn on him. At least they wouldn't be able to call him fat.

#11 foozler

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Posted 05 October 2012 - 10:54 AM

Clive Woodward has left his post at the BOA, does anyone think he could do a good job as Executive Chairman of the RFL?

Personally I think he could open a few doors for the game and increase sponsorship and coverage.


No doubt he would raise the profile of the sport.

However Woodward is a hands on high performance coaching specialist who knows about putting winning teams out on the paddock, not an executive level sports administrator. Maybe he has it in him to become one, who knows.

#12 latchford albion

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Posted 05 October 2012 - 04:00 PM

I think he would be a very good appointment, but is there any real chance of it happening? I remember that when he was the England RU coach and was asked to choose a player from any country or era to add to the team, he went for Wally Lewis so he obviously appreciates TGG.

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#13 foozler

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Posted 05 October 2012 - 04:35 PM

I think he would be a very good appointment, but is there any real chance of it happening? I remember that when he was the England RU coach and was asked to choose a player from any country or era to add to the team, he went for Wally Lewis so he obviously appreciates TGG.


His business career took him to Sydney in the 80's which is where I imagine he had his eyes opened.

#14 Northern Sol

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Posted 05 October 2012 - 04:46 PM

His business career took him to Sydney in the 80's which is where I imagine he had his eyes opened.


I read his book, he says that he always liked league, he didn't "discover" it in Sydney.

Remember that anyone from North Yorkshire who played RU at a serious level would have some level of familarity with RL.

#15 Northern Sol

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Posted 05 October 2012 - 04:48 PM

No doubt he would raise the profile of the sport.

However Woodward is a hands on high performance coaching specialist who knows about putting winning teams out on the paddock, not an executive level sports administrator. Maybe he has it in him to become one, who knows.


His strength as a coach was that he organised things very well, he wasn't really a technical coach. Remember that he played in the (sh)amateur era and thus had a day job outside rugby. He was a sales manager for Rank Xerox.

#16 Old Frightful

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Posted 05 October 2012 - 05:40 PM

As another poster says though, his social calendar would be ruined, Leeds is a bit different to London!

Actually, I was thinking of the Union social calender rather than the North South divide.

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#17 l'angelo mysterioso

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Posted 05 October 2012 - 06:01 PM

Despite his obvious ties to union, i think he would do a good job.

Or because of his ties with Union.

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Posted 05 October 2012 - 07:42 PM

I agree. But would big Nigel want to work with some one with a profile and reputation as big as Woodwards? Does Wood have any influence over the appointment?


No one has a bigger profile than Nigel. Woodward would always be in his shadow.
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#19 Good Omen

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Posted 06 October 2012 - 05:40 PM

Nah, now Dave Brailsford on the other hand would be an awesome appointment. What a visionary

#20 Severus

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Posted 06 October 2012 - 05:51 PM

Nah, now Dave Brailsford on the other hand would be an awesome appointment. What a visionary

Brailsford and Woodward have similar approaches to elite sport. Surround yourself with good coaches, leave no stone unturned in finding the absolute maximum performance from the players/athletes.
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