Fagan on shortlist to join Bulldogs01/03/2019 - Author: admin - Comments are closed
Brumbies Chief Executive Andrew Fagan is on the shortlist to join the Canterbury Bulldogs. Photo: Rohan ThomsonThe Canterbury Bulldogs will interview Brumbies chief executive Andrew Fagan and have him on a short list to be their new leader as the ACT rugby boss considers a cross code switch to the NRL.
Fairfax Media understands Fagan is one of three or four candidates still in the running to be Todd Greenberg’s replacement at the Bulldogs.
Fagan’s contract with the Brumbies expires at the end of the year. He has been in talks with the Brumbies board about his future, but it’s understood he has been head-hunted to replace Greenberg and was expected to be interviewed this week.
Fagan was unavailable for comment. The Brumbies board is aware of the Bulldogs’ pursuit of Fagan, but declined to comment when contacted.
An independent recruiting agency first approached Fagan last month to gauge his interest in replacing Greenberg, who will take a role at NRL management in July.
It’s believed that of the final three or four applicants, just one has a rugby league background.
Applications closed on May 3 and it’s understood Fagan, who initially declined to be considered, did not submit his resume. Instead, the chief recruiter contacted him to see if he was interested and the end result was Fagan being included in the list of candidates.
Greenberg is not part of the process, given his current position as the Bulldogs chief executive. But he is an admirer of Fagan as a sports administrator.
Former Manly chief executive Grant Mayer pulled out of the running to be the Bulldogs’ new boss while ARU official Greg Harris has also been linked to the position.
It is expected interviews will be finished by the end of this week with a decision to be made as early as next week.
The Brumbies board refuses to be rushed into a decision on Fagan’s future in Canberra, aiming to finalise its decision within the next two months. Fagan has been at the club since 2002 and chief executive since the end of 2005.
Fagan has seen the Super Rugby club through the controversy of sacking coach Andy Friend in 2011 and the recent ACT government approval for a $30million apartment complex to be built at the Brumbies’ Griffith headquarters next month.
Brumbies chairman Sean Hammond said earlier this month the board would review its position and had started unofficial discussions with Fagan.
Meanwhile, the Brumbies play the Auckland Blues at Eden Park on Saturday, aiming to stabilise their play-off hopes.
They have lost their past two matches and are facing their third consecutive defeat for the first time in the club’s new era.
The team will fly to New Zealand on Thursday and is hoping for revenge against the Blues. The Blues smashed the Brumbies 30-16 in a last-round choke last year which ended the ACT’s play-off hopes.
Brumbies flanker Peter Kimlin admitted they underestimated the Blues last season but lock Sam Carter said they wouldn’t make the same mistake again as they launch a revenge mission.
”It was a very poor way to finish the season as we were kind of planning on hopefully getting a home final,” Carter said.
”A lot of the guys are holding on to resentment for that match so hopefully we can bottle that and bring it out for the game this weekend.”
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