New chairman for Centurions

Former chairman Keith Freer when he welcomed the  with new interim chairman John Roddy to the club
Former chairman Keith Freer when he welcomed the with new interim chairman John Roddy to the club
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Leigh Centurions have ousted the current chairman Keith Freer and appointed vice chairman John Roddy as the interim Chairman of the club with immediate effect.

The move follows a review by the new board of management and an initial meeting with Leigh Sports village regarding its tenure at the stadium.

Keith Freer, the outgoing Chairman, has been stood down to allow the new team to take a fresh approach in its future direction.

This will enable the new board of management to create a pathway to income streams that will provide the club with the necessary platform from which it can achieve its goals and objectives; which is to secure future Super League status.

Derek Beaumont, Football Director, stated: “We would like to thank Keith for his stewardship during the past two years; Keith took the helm when the Club went through financial difficulties and provided the new board with a platform to build upon.

“However it is clear that the management team now requires alternative leadership to build further our core support.”

John Roddy added: “Those who have worked with me within the club for the past 18 months will be aware of my passion and commitment to deliver the very best for Leigh Centurions in all aspects, specifically in respect of our communication with our supporters and to ensure that we are commercially astute as a business.

“I would also like to thank Keith for his stewardship for the last two years and until such time the club appoints a full time Chairman I am delighted to take on the role to fully support our goals on and off the field.

“I appreciate that this management change has occurred quickly after our formal announcement last Friday. We are however very confident that the transition will occur seamlessly without any noticeable changes to our original statement.”