McIntyre will announce his retirement as Raiders chairman at the club?s annual presentation evening on Wednesday. Photo: Rohan Thomson
Raiders chairman John McIntyre says the decision to sack coach David Furner was the tipping point for his retirement, acknowledging that personal emotion was interfering with his decision making.
McIntyre has also reiterated his personal desire to bring back former premiership player Ricky Stuart to the club as the search for the club’s next coach heats up.
As revealed in The Canberra Times on Tuesday evening, McIntyre will announce his retirement as Raiders chairman at the club’s annual presentation evening on Wednesday.
McIntyre has had a 32-year association with the Raiders, beginning as the inaugural chief executive in 1982 and serving as chairman for the past 11 years.
But McIntyre said he realised it was time to retire when he tried to mount an argument to save David Furner’s coaching career three weeks ago, before the board voted to sack him.
‘‘While I was not in a position to produce arguments that might persuade the board to retract their feeling, I just announced that it didn’t sit comfortably with me, mainly because of my friendship and association [with David Furner’’, McIntyre told radio station 2CC.
‘‘This was the very first time in my life that I felt personal emotion ran the risk of interfering with the proper decision making process. I felt if that’s on the cards now, it’s time for me to go.’’
Although he will stand down as Raiders NRL chairman in November, McIntyre will remain as chairman of the Raiders group of companies and the Queanbeyan United Rugby League Football Club, which is the ultimate controlling body of the Raiders.
The Raiders are having an informal board meeting on Wednesday evening to discuss the next coach, with Stuart, Neil Henry, Tim Sheens and Andrew Dunemann leading the list of candidates.
McIntyre said the preference was for a senior coach, but if a rookie coach was appointed it would likely be Dunemann.
Asked if Stuart would be a good fit for the Raiders, McIntyre said: ‘‘Ricky probably would. There’s been no secret of my feelings over the time since Ricky left the club to play elsewhere, I always saw that one day he would come back in some category or another, coach could well be one of them.’’