Chris Barrett Google+

Chris Barrett

Chris Barrett is a Sports Writer with The Sydney Morning Herald.

Parramatta Eels scandal deepens with allegations of intimidation

Chris Barrett Parramatta are investigating evidence that former directors, staff and members were intimidated and harassed "with the full knowledge" of the former Eels board and ex-chief executive Bob Bentley and...

Cronulla Sharks coach Shane Flanagan faces NRL panel to plead case for early return

Pleading his case: Suspended Sharks coach Shane Flanagan wants to return to work on Wednesday.

Chris Barrett Suspended Cronulla coach Shane Flanagan has fronted an NRL panel at Rugby League Central on Monday, endeavouring to have his return to the game approved and resume control at Remondis Stadium this...

Comments 2

'The lunatics are running the asylum': Manly greats slam player power gripping Sea Eagles

Saga: The conjecture around Anthony Watmough's future has helped destabilise the club, Manly great Ken Arthurson says.

Chris Barrett It was Ken Arthurson, Max Krilich likes to say, who "built the cubby house that we all live in now".

Comments 27

Vote-rig claims may explain events of farcical Parramatta Eels AGM: Bill Moss

‘‘He is actually someone who is trying to reform the club

Chris Barrett Bill Moss, the former Macquarie Bank high flyer whose nomination as an independent to the Parramatta board was shot down in flames, says the vote-rigging revelations encircling the Eels...

Comments 2

Parramatta officials Roy Spagnolo and Bob Bentley linked to Eels' membership rort

sport

Chris Barrett An investigation has linked former Eels chairman Roy Spagnolo and ex-chief executive Bob Bentley to the systematic tampering of membership records in the weeks before last year's club elections.

Comments 7

The fake memberships didn't succeed but Parramatta Eels fans should still care

Chris Barrett dinkus Dinkus

Chris Barrett The numbers seem small, but for the conspirators behind Parramatta's membership tampering scheme, the prize – control of one of Sydney's biggest leagues clubs and, in turn, an NRL team –...

Comments 5

A Spit Bridge too far as Manly Sea Eagles moan over travelling to Allianz Stadium

Kieran Foran

Chris Barrett No team does siege mentality quite like the Sea Eagles.

Comments 106

Marina Go takes control of Wests Tigers boardroom

Chris Barrett The plight of Wests Tigers had been an agenda item in Marina Go's lounge room long before she took over control of its board room. Her husband is a diehard supporter, as is their teenage son.

Comments 1

Balmain look to Richmond namesake in bid to keep their stripes

Wests Tigers

Chris Barrett Balmain will use the example of their AFL namesake Richmond in an audacious bid to save their shareholding in Wests Tigers and preserve a 106-year presence in top-level rugby league.

Shane Flanagan's return to game not a fait accompli, says NRL boss Dave Smith

Uncertain return date: Shane Flanagan.

Chris Barrett Shane Flanagan will have to accept accountability for putting his players at risk if his readmission to the game is to be given the green light, says NRL chief executive Dave Smith.

Comments 1

Balmain Tigers claim NRL has 'run them over with a steamroller'

End of the road: Coach Mick Potter is set to exit Wests Tigers.

Chris Barrett Balmain chairman Leslie Glenn says the foundation club has been ‘‘run over with a steamroller’’ by the NRL, claiming directors had even been told they might lose their houses...

NRL won't force directors on clubs that have their houses in order, says Dave Smith

Dave Smith

Chris Barrett NRL chief executive Dave Smith has told apprehensive club supremos that independent directors will not be forced upon them if they already have their houses in order, saying the competition's...

Club bosses heading for showdown with NRL chiefs

In the spotlight: NRL CEO Dave Smith.

Chris Barrett A showdown is looming on Wednesday as some of the game's most powerful figures prepare to confront NRL chief Dave Smith over his plan to demand independent directors at clubs, and raise other issues...

Comments 7

Manly Sea Eagles in box seat for minor premiership after Penrith thriller

Jamie Buhrer

Chris Barrett Manly will fly to to Townsville this week with one hand on the minor premiership, but only after hanging onto the competition lead by their fingernails.

Comments 1

Time not on Penrith Panthers' side as Manly Sea Eagles sneak home

Chris Barrett They say a week is a long time in football. For Jamie Soward and Penrith on Sunday a minute wasn't nearly as long as it should have been.

Comments 5

Manly Sea Eagles pull off miracle escape against Penrith Panthers

Manly

Chris Barrett Manly have pulled off a stunning come-from-behind escape in a drama-filled finale against Penrith on Sunday to put one hand on the NRL minor premiership.

Comments 19

Roosters hooker Jake Friend admitted to hospital with suspected lung problem

Come back here: Ben Roberts of the Storm is tackled by Jake Friend of the Roosters.

Chris Barrett Sydney Roosters have suffered a blow ahead of what shapes as a minor premiership playoff against South Sydney with Jake Friend admitted to hospital on Sunday with a suspected lung problem.

Steve Roach sacked by 2GB over staff bullying complaint

Steve Roach

Chris Barrett Steve Roach has confirmed he has been sacked by radio station 2GB as a result of a bullying complaint made by a staff member.

Comments 20

Jamie Soward hailed as NRL buy of the season

Directing troops:  Penrith's Jamie Soward.

Chris Barrett Phil Gould did not need to wine and dine Jamie Soward to convince him to front his Penrith renaissance. 

Comments 1

Cronulla Sharks on the lookout yet again for a major sponsor

Chris Barrett and Brad Walter Cronulla officials will try to convince the top end of town that the club isn't tainted by the stain of the ASADA doping investigation as they again begin the unenviable hunt for a new major sponsor.

Comments 4