After a somewhat tumultuous season by the referees both on and off the field, referees boss Robert Finch’s position is going to come under heavy scrutiny as he begins talks with NRL Chief Executive David Gallop if he is still the right man for the job.
It is believed that both Finch and Gallop met on Wednesday afternoon at NRL headquarters to discuss Finch’s future in the role, but no decision has yet been made if Finch will indeed continue on his role as referees boss.
Whilst he admitted that he did meet Finch, David Gallop was somewhat reluctant to discuss what they discussed.
When asked if the meeting brought about any conclusion, Gallop simply replied: “Not at this stage.”
He was also asked if he knew what the outcome of the meeting would be, and if Finch would in fact keep his job, to which Gallop replied: “I’m not in a position to comment any further.”
The next meeting is yet to be organised with Gallop conceding he doesn’t know when his next meeting with Finch will be.
Greg McCallum, who is a former NRL Match Review Committee boss and NRL referee is believed to the front-runner for the job.
He has experience in the role having occupied the ESL’s equivalent of ESL referees boss.
Former refs Bill Harrigan and Steven Clark are also believed to be in contention for the role.
Finch has held the position for 8 years, a position that is perhaps one of the toughest to deal with in the entire NRL.