Robert Elstone to quit as Super League's executive chairman in move many anticipated

Robert Elstone to quit as Super League's executive chairman in move many anticipated

ROBERT Elstone has announced he is leaving Super League after just over two-and-a-half years in charge.

The competition’s executive chairman is standing down from the position he has held since June 2018, following the top flight ‘breaking away’ from the Rugby Football League.

SunSport understands he will work his notice period and still lead negotiations over the crucial next TV deal.

But his departure will spark plenty of debate over whether he was a success or if there was any point in having him in the first place.

Elstone’s reign in charge has seen a record sponsorship deal with bookies Betfred, worth £1.2 million a year, as well as a record aggregate crowd and attendance for an individual match, the 31,555 at Catalans’ clash with Wigan at Barcelona’s Camp Nou stadium.

However, there have many criticisms from supporters and clubs unhappy at the way things have been done since he came in.

A Super League statement, which is believed to have followed a letter sent to club representatives, said: “Super League can confirm that it has received notice of executive chairman, Robert Elstone’s, intention to leave his position.

“The matter will be discussed by the Super League board.”

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