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Koukash and co want independent CEO

by: Joe Whitley, January 29, 2014, 11:40 am

The six Super League clubs who voted against the competition’s restructure are pushing for an independent CEO to be appointed for the 2015 season.

Hull Kingston Rovers, Salford Red Devils and Hull FC are among the clubs said to be unhappy with how the game is currently operated.

Outspoken Salford owner Dr Marwan Koukash said: “The salary cap is only one issue.

“At the end of the day, it’s my money that goes into Salford, it’s Simon Moran’s money that goes into Warrington and I could go on.

“We all put serious money into the game and, the way I see it, we are entitled to at least have a say in the way Super League is run and how it develops its commercial activities.

“I’ve only been in the sport for a year so I’m not an expert but, coming from outside, you can see this is a big sport and it’s under-sold and under-marketed.

“I think there has always been a conflict of interest between the RFL and Super League and you can’t have the same CEO running both.”

Super League clubs currently get £1.2m a year in central funding. The clubs in dispute are believed to have an issue with the full £2.4m planned for the 13th and 14th clubs being used to help Championship sides have full-time players.

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