Eels dealt another blow as club and CEO Ken Edwards agree to mutually part ways

Ken Edwards

Their on-field results are obviously not where they have to be right now and off the field, the news does not get any better for the Eels, as the club and CEO Ken Edwards made a decision to mutually part ways effective immediately.

As the Eels go on the hunt for a new CEO, the news comes at a very bad time, with on-field results not at their best with the Eels currently in 16th and last position on the ladder.

With a new board put in during the month of May, the decision was made along with Ken Edwards that the Board and club would go in a new direction.

“We think he is one of sport’s great administrators but with a substantial change to the strategic direction of our club both the Board and Ken decided we needed to make this call,” Chairman Steven Sharp said.

“Two months ago when the new board was elected we wanted to achieve a number of things. We want to make the place feel like a football club again and not simply remember our proud history but take the Parramatta Eels forward to a prosperous future. “

“Following the last 60 days or so of our tenure we have already achieved some great outcomes including signing a new deal at Parramatta Stadium; created incredibly strong support for 2014 sponsorship and helped secure federal funding to turn Parramatta Stadium from a pokie games online good venue to a great one.”

Despite his departure, however, Edwards wished the club the best for the future.

“It’s been a great honour to work at such a great club as the Parramatta Eels. I genuinely wish the new board, the passionate and loyal members and fans all the best for the future,” Ken Edwards said.

With differing views on the strategies for the club moving forward, the decision was ultimately inevitable and one that Edwards accepts following his departure.

“The board and I have agreed today that we have a different strategic view where it’s going and it was best we parted way,” Edwards told Fairfax Media.

“[The board] are a good group of people, they are doing what they’re doing for what they think are the right reasons. I had a different view on the strategy.

“They are a great club, they have a great catchment area. I genuinely wish Sharpey [chairman Steve Sharp] and the new board all the best and I hope they do get it right.”

Despite his departure, Edwards says he would like to again be involved in rugby league one day.

“It’s a great game with great upside given where they are at with the independent commission,” he said.

“They’ve got a strategic plan and the dollars that are in the game.

There’s a lot of upside. I’d love, at some time, to get involved with rugby league.”

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