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Sally Bolton for RFL Chief

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This WC seems the best organised RL event in years. Should RLWC CEO Sally Bolton replace Nigel Wood as RFL CEO? I know its early days, but should this tournament continue to to be successful, should she be offered the top job?

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In my humble opinion she should be appointed to the top level. I am not sure how she would deal with the internal politics of the game. But for commercial sponsorship and advertising she has no equal, She may be able to persuade the Rugby Union driven BBC to televise more of our game.

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I have already stated that she should be in charge.

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In my humble opinion she should be appointed to the top level. I am not sure how she would deal with the internal politics of the game. But for commercial sponsorship and advertising she has no equal, She may be able to persuade the Rugby Union driven BBC to televise more of our game.

Good post, they need to retain her in a capacity that benefits the game the most. My worry is that she has been noticed by other sports

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organising a tournament is quite different to leading a governing body.

also - people need to stop ignoring the fact that Nigel Wood is the Tournament Director - basically the head honcho.

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I've noticed Nige getting his name out there as 'Tournament Director' a lot recently.. maybe he doesn't like all the compliments Sally is getting!

 

Edit... Dave beat me to it.

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I think a better role would be at the RLIF. She could easily get dragged under with petty club squabbles. She could head up development and tournaments etc. You would imagine that the profits from the WC would fund a full time office and admin department there. If it doesn't then what is the point?

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If Clare balding is not available then I quite agree - we need fresh ideas and a new perspective

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Without calling into question her undoubted talents as an event organiser is she qualified or able to take charge of a governing body? That said I think on the back of the excellent job she has done organising this world cup she should be retained in a marketing and promotion capacity. Preferably with an international scope.

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Even if she doesn't stay with TGG she and her team have raised the bar on what we should expect.

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I admire what Sally has achieved. Walking the fine line between serving the areas most associated with the game and also meaningful expansion is a tough one, but so far she (and they) seem to have pulled it off.

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That Josh Charnley's a fast runner, let's make him coach.

Think he'll do better than the current muppet in charge

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Without calling into question her undoubted talents as an event organiser is she qualified or able to take charge of a governing body? That said I think on the back of the excellent job she has done organising this world cup she should be retained in a marketing and promotion capacity. Preferably with an international scope.

I think she runs her own business doesn't she?  I remember reading pre-world cup that she was also involved in the 1995 world cup I believe alongside Maurice Lindsay, who spoke very highly of her in the interview with him that I read.  She's had a lifelong interest in rugby league although I don't know whether she has ever played the game and I'm sure she worked at the Wigan club for a while.  And now she has headed up a world cup tournament.

 

Does any of that mean she is qualified?

 

As for Nigel Wood being the tournament director.  Personally I believe that is a figurehead role.  He isn't based at the Salford offices, he doesn't manage the team and it was reported at the time the Salford office was set up that the RLWC team was a separate entity from the RFL.  Obviously there needs to be a link because of the funding arrangements but other than that I doubt he has a significant role.  The whole thing would be impossible to manage if he did.  He just likes to get himself out there. 

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She's had a lifelong interest in rugby league although I don't know whether she has ever played the game and I'm sure she worked at the Wigan club for a while. 

Wasn't she CEO at Wigan for a while?

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As for Nigel Wood being the tournament director. Personally I believe that is a figurehead role. He isn't based at the Salford offices, he doesn't manage the team and it was reported at the time the Salford office was set up that the RLWC team was a separate entity from the RFL. Obviously there needs to be a link because of the funding arrangements but other than that I doubt he has a significant role. The whole thing would be impossible to manage if he did. He just likes to get himself out there.

i assume none of that is based in anything.

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i assume none of that is based in anything.

I stated quite clearly what it is based 'in' (I think you meant 'on' but never mind): it is based on my belief.  As I said.  And I based that belief on what I read when the Salford offices were first set up and I would also add - now, not in the post you were having a dig at - that subsequent articles I have read since have boosted that belief. 

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who appointed Sally Bolton?

That would probably depend on when she was appointed.  We've had a relatively recent change in chief executive.

 

And don't forget, Maurice Lindsay appointed her as his assistant for the 1995 WC. 

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I stated quite clearly what it is based 'in' (I think you meant 'on' but never mind): it is based on my belief. As I said. And I based that belief on what I read when the Salford offices were first set up and I would also add - now, not in the post you were having a dig at - that subsequent articles I have read since have boosted that belief.

so because there are offices in two different cities you believe he will have little involvement?

As tournament director I expect he will have the final say on major decisions.

I believe Sally Bolton's role is General Manager, suggesting she is not the top person overall, however is probably the decision maker on a daily basis.

I make many decisions at work but major ones will be influenced, shaped and ratified by our director.

Sally Bolton wont have been able to do anything that Wood isnt supportive of.

For all we know Bolton may just be Wood's puppet.

What is wrong is dismissing anyones efforts on the rlwc team - as a whole they appear to have done a grand job. People cant give the team credit and exclude Wood.

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That would probably depend on when she was appointed. We've had a relatively recent change in chief executive.

And don't forget, Maurice Lindsay appointed her as his assistant for the 1995 WC.

so you don't know?

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That would probably depend on when she was appointed. We've had a relatively recent change in chief executive.

And don't forget, Maurice Lindsay appointed her as his assistant for the 1995 WC.

so you don't know? So you may have to give woods some credit?

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