28 May 2009

Pierce expected to survive Sharks vote

6:31 am on 28 May 2009

The embattled Cronulla chairman Barry Pierce is expected to survive in the position when the National Rugby League club's board election results are revealed at tonight's annual meeting.

The board of the Cronulla leagues and football clubs will learn their fate when the results are announced at the meeting .

Voting in the elections finished last night and the counting will be done by the Australian Electoral Commission.

Sharks officials expect a larger than normal turnout of their 19,000 members at the meeting in the wake of the series of crises that has engulfed the club.

Pierce and his fellow directors have been under immense pressure since details of a 2002 sex scandal involving Matthew Johns were revealed earlier this month.

Reni Maitua's positive drugs test, mounting debt reportedly totalling $12 million and the withdrawal of main sponsor LG Electronics have added to the off-field problems.