When Shane Richardson walks out of the Panthers Leagues Club for the final time, he should hold his head in shame. I don�t believe for a moment that his move to Souths is about facing a new challenge. It�s about the dollars and that�s that.
Shane Richardson has said many times over the past two years that he is aiming to �create the best football club in the world � both on and off the field�. He may have helped Penrith achieve remarkable premiership success but his challenge at Penrith is far from over. He can�t give the excuse of facing a greater challenge, when he hasn�t yet completed the one at Penrith.
I admired Richardson more than any other CEO in the game. While he had been at many clubs before Penrith, he seemed to have a real passion for the club and the community. He looked proud to be a Panther. Now, that loyalty has been quashed.
It is Richardson�s right to leave the club if he wishes, but to do it mid-season is a complete disregard of respect for his coach, his team and every Penrith supporter.
Some may say �It�s only the CEO�, but to leave the club mid-way through the season is like Bill Gates leaving Microsoft half-way through the creation of a new Windows product. He should see the job through, and that�s that.
I�m disappointed in the game of rugby league at the moment. Loyalty, something every rugby league fan knows too much about, doesn�t seem to be a word in the dictionary of the game�s officials.
The sacking of Paul Langmack is a case in point. Here is a man just 35 games into his coaching career, and he is given the boot. Langmack didn�t deserve to be sacked mid-way through a season that is a lost cause anyway. The Rabbitohs could have put Langmack on notice, but to sack him mid-way through his contract shows a complete disrespect for a man who is doing his absolute best with the team put in front of him.
I�m sick of contracts not being rock solid. Jamie Lyon should be playing for Parramatta, Paul Langmack should be coaching South Sydney and Brian Smith shouldn�t be under pressure.
South Sydney got themselves into this situation themselves. They should admit that and not turn it around, implying the reason the club is not succeeding because of Langmack�s poor form. If Langmack didn�t work out, it is only because South Sydney�s board made an incorrect decision in the first place.
Loyalty seems to be going away from the game I love. And I don�t like it.