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Tony Adams to become RFL President

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I don't think anyone could have seen that coming, very interesting to see what happens.

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I don’t know what the president does but Tony Adams has done a lot , come through a lot and is very well respected now and interviews really well 

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2 minutes ago, DavidM said:

I don’t know what the president does but Tony Adams has done a lot , come through a lot and is very well respected now and interviews really well 

I believe they are mainly a figurehead for the sport but I'm happy to be corrected. We could do, and probably have, a lot worse than Tony Adams, I knew his Sporting Chance Clinic had helped Rugby League players but was unaware it was as may as 400. A very good appointment for the game in my humble opinion

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2 minutes ago, Cumbrian Fanatic said:

I believe they are mainly a figurehead for the sport but I'm happy to be corrected. We could do, and probably have, a lot worse than Tony Adams, I knew his Sporting Chance Clinic had helped Rugby League players but was unaware it was as may as 400. A very good appointment for the game in my humble opinion

I agree . He’s done outstandingly well from dark times 

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I had to check the date to make sure it wasn't April 1st. I believe the role is largely ceremonial and he had done a great deal to support RL players over the years. No fuss from me on this. 

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England football legend. Euro 96 captain. Londoner. Like others have said, he has been through a lot and achieved a lot. I like him, and I think it's a good appointment for the sport. I wish him every success and hope that he can make a good contribution to the sport, in whatever capacity he is needed/used.

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I understand he has taken the position on a part time basis in a job share with Jimmy Nail.

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2 minutes ago, parklandswolf said:

Not gone down well on fb but Ive no issues with it. He is a household name and already made the 5 live news bulletin.

I heard Hawksbee and Jacobs talking about it too on Talksport earlier. I think having a famous footballer linked with rugby league is rarely going to be a bad thing. It's all extra publicity.

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2 minutes ago, 17 stone giant said:

I heard Hawksbee and Jacobs talking about it too on Talksport earlier. I think having a famous footballer linked with rugby league is rarely going to be a bad thing. It's all extra publicity.

He can team up with Stuart Pearce at the Wire

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4 minutes ago, parklandswolf said:

He can team up with Stuart Pearce at the Wire

Nice idea, but according to Wikipedia, his real surname is actually "Bradford", so maybe he'd be better placed at Odsal.

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Jimmy Nail, that is. Just to clarify.

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A very well known and well respected leader both on and off the sporting field.  I didn't realise that many league people had received support from Sporting Chance so is clearly familiar.  Certainly brings a recognisable credibility to the role and was a very nice surprise to read about today.  Best of luck to him.

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Isn't the RFL President just a ceremonial position anyway? It makes sense to have as high a profile person as possible and his work is a good, positive fit.

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No idea what the role encompasses in all honesty but he’s been a sportsman and a coach in another sport so far will have an insight into what those roles are like and what challenges they face, even in a different sport. 

He’s also a very well recognised sporting figure in this country and has an interesting past. 

 

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Okay, hands up who clicked on that link, expecting the first words to be "not that Tony Adams, obviously - some Kiwi/Aussie with the same name". Me for one!

But he's a high-profile name whose work with mental health in sport has undoubtedly saved lives, in RL and beyond.

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3 hours ago, Tyrone Shoelaces said:

One of the few footballers who was probably tough enough to play our game.

And, once he'd stopped playing, popular.

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7 hours ago, Cumbrian Fanatic said:

http://www.totalrl.com/former-england-footballer-tony-adams-to-become-new-rfl-president/

Never saw that coming.

It doesn't seem that long ago Andy Burnham was given the position, I suppose being the Mayor of Manchester he has plenty of other things on his plate. Be interesting to see how this goes

Wishing Tony Adams all the best and i don't think we have heard the last from Andy Burnham as regards Rugby League.

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