appoint new CEO

Following a meeting between the Football and League Club Boards today it has been decided that no members of either Boards should stand down due to the immediate need for stability.

However, the Boards have recognized the need for new management to help restore public confidence in the integrity of the Club. Accordingly the Boards have appointed Bulldogs legend Steve Mortimer as the interim Chief Executive Officer.

Although appointed interim CEO on Tuesday Football Manager Garry Hughes has indicated he would prefer to continue to oversee the on-field operations of the Club.

Following those decisions Mr Mortimer has issued the following statement:

"I've been a part of the history of the Bulldogs and I'm happy to accept the position of interim CEO to ensure we also have a proud future.

"My first priority is to address the players, they are the innocent victims here and they need to be reassured that the Club will have their interests at heart as we move forward. I understand the fans and sponsors didn't deserve one bit of this and my job is to make sure they can once again support our team with absolute pride.

"I will also speak with David Gallop and the NRL and assure them that they will continue to have full cooperation from our Club so this matter can be resolved as soon as possible.

"Mistakes have been made. I can't change that. What I can do is give the Club strong leadership as it tries to fix them and secure its own future."