Here we go again

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LEIGH Centurions have been placed in Administration for the third time in 14 years.

Chairman Mike Nolan and Leigh RMI Chairman Chris Healey called in the Administrator last Thursday with a view to setting up a Creditors Voluntary Agreement, that would see all the Rugby League club's finances frozen as they bid to clear debts of more than 500,000.

This was the latest development in the power struggle that has raged between Nolan and a Consortium of local businessmen that included Directors Steve Blakeley, Tommy Coleman and Steve Grainey.

Each had bid 225,000 to take control of the club, but ten days ago, Nolan sensationally walked out of a Leigh Independent Supporters Association meeting declaring that his bid was off the table.

He then met with Healey and last Thursday they informed the other Directors that they were putting the club into Administration.

The Administrator was due into the club after the Administration Order had been granted, either yesterday or today (Thursday).

Just what happens now is uncertain, but Hilton Park is owned by Grundy Hill Associates, and they are believed to be among the Rugby club's debtors.

Leigh went into Liquidation in 1990 when a Tony Cottrell led consortium took the club out of Administration after Keith Bell's chairmanship, and then in 1994 it was Mick Higgins rescuing the club after it again got into difficulties.

This latest news will be a dreadful blow to the army of Leigh fans who were hoping that their club would be pushing for Super League status again this year, by winning the National One Grand Final.

But with monetary problems , plus Administration to contend with, the appointed Administrators first task will to be to see if the club can operate as a viable business , and whether the Rugby Football League would permit them to do so whilst under a CVA,

Early signs are that the RFL would still support Leigh and maintain their National One status, which is something that they have permitted with Hull KR throughout last season.