Rumblings in Cheetahs boardroom
Cape Town - The role of Harold Verster, managing director of the Cheetahs Company, is set to be discussed when board members of the franchise meet in Bloemfontein on Wednesday afternoon.
According to the Volksblad website
, Verster's authority at the franchise will be a hot topic at the meeting.
It is believed a proposal for the Cheetahs to have only a chief executive and not a managing director will be made.
Johan Cronjé, an independent board member of the Griffons, is believed to be the driving force behind the intended change.
Should Cronjé's proposal be accepted, it is uncertain if Verster would apply for the new chief executive position.
Due to his position as managing director, Verster is also a director of the Cheetahs Company, which means he has a big say in all matters at the franchise. The new chief executive would not have as much authority as the current managing director.
The Cheetahs company consists of three partners - Free State, Griquas and the Griffons.
Verster has a long association with the Free State Rugby Union. He was first appointed as president in 1993 - a role he occupied until 2011 - before taking over as managing director of the Cheetahs Company.
Apart from Free State claiming the Currie Cup under his presidency in 2005, 2006 (joint winners) and 2007, Verster was also the catalyst behind the Cheetahs obtaining many sponsors in the last 20 years. He was also involved in the establishment and construction of the new Free State Stadium in 1995.