• Time flies whether you are having fun or otherwise, at least that would seem the case for 2016 NRL premiership club Cronulla Sharks, who fell to fifth in 2017, fourth in 2018 and seventh last season.

    Many an NRL club would welcome those results, but the 2016 premiership established expectations that have go unmet.

    This has induced some turmoil for the club.

    The turnover at the leadership level has been appalling.

    They are looking for a new chief executive less than a year removed from putting Richard Munro in the post and to some, it is hard to imagine hiring a newspaperman to do the job, but that is what they did, perhaps to provide an example of thinking outside the box.

    “The Sharks thank Mr. Munro for his dedication and service during his time at the club. The board of directors will make a decision as to a potential replacement and make those announcements in due course,” said a statement from the club offices.

    Munro was the replacement for Barry Russell, who quit is disgrace over salary cap violations.

    The penalties from that instance still find Cronulla moving toward the Telstra 2020 NRL Premiership competition unable to use $350,000 toward their cap.

    The Sharks are expected to be qualified for finals at the end of the 2020 season, but any club that has had a taste of victory is loath to accept anything less.

    One positive outcome of the Munro regime, if it is not overreach to characterise nine months as a regime, is that many of the key players were retained, but by the same token, many are retired or on to different clubs.

    Cronulla begin the 2020 NRL season with the Bunnies at ANZ Stadium, so they will not enjoy any early season softies to gather some momentum. Round 2 will find Melbourne Storm touring, so the Sharks could well be 0 – 2 by the time Newcastle come along in Round 3.