Well, not quite. He's joined SLE but he ain't holding the reigns anymore.
For the benefit of Australian readers who might not be sure, most of the
following references to 'Super League' refer to the British competition
rather than the organisation.
LINDSAY QUITS TO JOIN SUPER LEAGUE
By Ian Laybourn, PA Sport
Maurice Lindsay has quit as chief executive of the Rugby
Football League to join Super League Europe, it was
confirmed this afternoon.
Super League chairman Chris Caisley announced the
shock move amid confusion and speculation that Lindsay
was asked to resign from his old job.
Signs that the switch has not received universal approval
came with the further announcement that a special general
meeting of clubs will be held on Friday, January 16, to
discuss the matter.
In the meantime, Lindsay's deputy, Neil Tunnicliffe, will
become acting chief executive and could become a front
runner for the post.
The 56-year-old Lindsay, a one-time bookmaker,
succeeded David Oxley as RFL chief executive in 1992
after returning as manager of the Great Britain tour to
Australia and New Zealand.
He was one of the pioneers of Super League and the
World Club Championship and was also the man
credited with the rise to world prominence of Wigan.
But he has been blamed by the public and sections of the
media for many of the game's ills and has been the
subject of increased calls for his resignation.
And his place on the International Board became
untenable in December when Super League in Australia
joined forces with Lindsay's arch-enemies in the ARL.
Lindsay said today: "I now wish to focus totally on Super
League. I was obviously one of the original architects of
Super League in 1995 but events in Australia made it
difficult to complete the task.
"Super League is quite obviously the flagship of rugby
league and its success is vital to the future of the game.
"I have no doubt that this year will be the best-ever for
Super League and many clubs have demonstrated by
recent signings and club investments that we are poised
A news conference has been scheduled for Monday to
outline Lindsay's role alongside Caisley and chief
executive Colin Myler.
Caisley said: "We are delighted that Maurice has decided
to concentrate fully on Super League.
"We have been building Super League for two years and,
with Maurice and Colin Myler at the helm, we have
people with great experience and energy and we are now
set to fulfil our ambitions of making Super League the
most dynamic of sporting competitions.
"We are seeking to re-position Super League in this our
third season and Maurice will obviously play a prominent
Myler, a former newspaper editor who joined Super
League in 1996, welcomed the appointment, saying:
"Maurice's experience in the sport will be of immense
benefit to us and I am delighted to welcome him into the
"We have a glorious opportunity in 1998 to really begin
to capitalise on a strong foundation that has been laid in
the first two years of Super League."
The RFL declined to comment on speculation that
Lindsay was asked to resign as chief executive at
yesterday's meeting of the board of directors.
RFL chairman Sir Rodney Walker was unavailable but
said in a statement: "I have been pleased to agree with
"Super League and Maurice Lindsay were synonymous
when it was established in 1995 and I well understand
Maurice wanting to complete the task.
"He wishes to focus entirely on Super League duties and
the development and expansion of Super League is most
important to him. I understand that and wish him well."
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