The Papua New Guinea Rugby Football League have confirmed that their CEO Bob Cutmore has been sacked.
The main reason for the dismissal is his performance in the role, with the sport in PNG continuing to face many issues which hold back its development.
PNGRFL chairman Sandis Tsaka said the decision was taken after recommendations from an independent review committee appointed by the PNGRFL board.
“This is the board’s decision which Cutmore was advised before going for his last duty in England for the 2017 World Rugby League Cup meeting last week,” Tsaka told reporters at a press conference in Port Moresby.
“We need a strategic leadership to get the national body and its programmes to be effectively moving and drive our vision forward.
“We have submitted the CEO position to a human resource recruiting company to advertise the position domestically and internationally.
“This is the prerogative of the board and decision for the best interest of the development of rugby league in the country.
“The National Rugby League and Queensland Rugby League are places we are looking at to recruite a suitably qualified candidate who has the ability to achieve our goals.”
Cutmore is apparently in Brisbane, and will return to PNG in order that a proper handover can be completed.
PNGRFL treasurer Reatau Rau has been appointed by the board to be the interim administrator before a new CEO is appointed in January.
Also present at the press conference were PNG Hunters chairman Graham Osborne, PNGRFL director Don Fox, treasurer Rau and Hunters coach Michael Marum.