What’s the real reason why Gallop jumped?
David Gallop - courtesy FoxSports
The boss of the NRL does not quit eight days before the biggest game of the year without a very good reason.
The real story behind the story will be fascinating reading as it is played out.
The NRL Commission would like all the focus on the big State of Origin game II to be played at ANZ, which is a sudden death match for NSW if they are defeated by Queensland.
Instead the Gallop resignation will capture all the headlines.
The timing would certainly not be the preferred choice of the Commission unless they have an untenable reason.
What is it?
It is common knowledge that Gallop and Commission Chairman John Grant did not swap Easter eggs, and that he found the entire Commission hard to work with.
The mail from the café, only a drop kick away from NRL Central, is that Gallop found the Commission members to be very opinionated and difficult to influence.
All that innuendo is well and good but that does not explain the timing.
Gallop had recently signed a multi-million dollar four year contract. If all was not well, and a parting of the ways was imminent, then surely after the final Origin game was played would have been the time to go. Why now?
Was it Gallop’s secret meeting to discuss refereeing with Freddy Fitter that set off a fuse?
The big plunge on the Melbourne Storm days before the formal announcement that they would become wooden spooners has never been explained.
It is also known that Gallop has many Player Managers “offside”, who had first-hand knowledge of many deals that were done including the controversial Gold Coast Titans.
Because the real reason behind Gallop leaving the NRL is unknown, sadly, we will be guaranteed of sustained media before and after next Wednesday night, robbing Origin II of valuable publicity.
The line by John Grant that the NRL need a “Fresh approach going forward” does not cut the mustard with what looks to be a sacking, rather than a simple resignation.