James Rule lands CEO job at Widnes

James Rule will take over as the new chief executive of Widnes, following the departure of Julie Gaskell.

Former Hull chief executive Rule was banned for his involvement in the scandal that saw Martin Gleeson handed a drugs ban.

The two-year ban prevents Rule from “personal contact with players and any involvement in their preparation”, and still has nine months to run.

Widnes chairman Steve O’Connor said: “I am aware that James has nine months left to serve on a sanction imposed by UKAD.

“James and I have talked at length about this and we can confirm that his role as CEO of Widnes fully respects the criteria stipulated in the sanction and does not conflict with it in any capacity.

“I am delighted to have secured the services of James Rule as our new CEO. He has demonstrated an outstanding ability during his tenure as CEO at Hull FC

“Under his leadership the Club secured two successive Grade A licences and developed a model for a sustainable sports business.”

O’Connor also paid tribute to the departing Gaskell, who led the club through its successful Super League licence application.

He added: “Julie has delivered what she set out to achieve, by helping us achieve a successful Super League Licence and seeing the Club through its first season in Super League.

“On behalf of the Board and team at the Vikings, I would like to thank Julie for the contribution she has made to the Club and for the energy and professionalism she has displayed.

“I am sure that the experience she has gained during her time with the Vikings will only enhance her career prospects and we wish her well for the future.”

Gaskell will leave her post in a “few weeks”, according to a statement from the Stobart Stadium club.



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