THE future of under-siege Sea Eagles chief executive Tim Cleary was set to be decided at a crisis meeting with chairman and owner Scott Penn late Thursday afternoon after the internal drama that has threatened to tear the club apart.
It is understood Cleary had been considering his position including quitting his job after just eight weeks.
At the time of publication, the outcome of the meeting – which will have ramifications for the Sea Eagles – was understood to be positive.
Cleary, who took on the role after being long-serving headmaster at St Augustine’s College in Brookvale, found himself embroiled in a civil war at the club after he sacked Kristie Fulton from a commercial role late last week.
Kristie is the daughter of Manly legend and the club’s strategic football consultant, Bob Fulton.
That decision sparked a massive falling out between the two powerful men at the club. And it had been widely anticipated that only one of them could survive at the Sea Eagles.
It is understood that the subsequent publicity that Cleary has faced, especially claims regarding questionable workplace practices, have almost broken the family and that he was concerned about his wife and two sons.
And he had not expected the media storm that has ensued over the past few days.
“He believes that his family come first and should not have to handle that,” a source close to Cleary said.
“The whole situation has affected his resolve and his spirit.
“His reputation has been called into question and I wouldn’t be surprised if he walked from it.” But despite the fallout it caused, it is understood Cleary stands by his decision to let Krisitie Fulton go.
And he told the Manly Daily this week: “It was nothing personal against Kristie, it was purely a business decision. I want the club to run in a certain way, that is my job as CEO.” Neither Cleary nor Penn could be contacted for comment.