Leigh have accepted the resignation of chief executive Matthew Chantler.

The club say Chantler held a meeting with chairman Derek Beaumont to discuss his position and “the personal circumstances with which he’d been dealing”.

The board were aware of those issues and had been supportive of Chantler during this period, their statement explains.

The announcement continues: “Under those circumstances it was understood, accepted and agreed that Matthew could oversee a handover from home.

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“The board would like to thank Matthew for his hard work, passion and commitment to the Club that he leaves in a far better position than when he joined it.”

In turn, Chantler thanked the Centurions for their support and said it had been “an incredible honour” to serve as the club’s CEO: “It has certainly been a rollercoaster journey with, unfortunately, some exceptional challenges with relegation from Super League, not making the top four in 2018 and successfully defending the recent employment tribunal claims.

“I will never forget the incredible journey and elation of being promoted to Super League and the celebrations at the home game against Batley with 10,000 Leigh fans in attendance.

“Super League certainly gave me many memories and I’ll never forget the away trip and incredible Leigh fan following to Catalans, beating Saints at home in front of over 9,000 spectators, taking 3,000 fans to the away game at Wigan and beating Wigan at home on that memorable night.

“It was a great shame that after all of the hard work and incredible support from the town that we were unable to retain our Super League status by the narrowest of margins and in such a cruel manner.

“However, off the field, it was a great achievement to reach the then recently introduced minimum standards in Super League, which several Super League clubs with many years of enhanced distributions failed to do, and to prove that the Club could be self-sustainable at Super League level generating a small profit.”

He added: “After having put the Club as number one priority for the last four years, it is now time that I put my family first and return to watching the games from the North Stand.”

Club owner Derek Beaumont said: “Matthew has worked with me on a daily basis.

“We have experienced many highs and lows and I have developed a relationship with him during that time.

“His legal skill sets have been particularly useful to the Club during his tenure and he has worked very hard, successfully reducing costs in many areas of the business.

“He has represented the Club to a high standard and made many friends in the Rugby League world.

“I would like to pay particular respect to him for the arduous task he endured in dealing with player terminations when we were relegated from Super League, something that was very difficult for all concerned but was dealt with impeccably, which was evident with the outcome of the resulting claims recently ruled upon by the employment tribunal.

“Furthermore, the even more difficult situation the club faced when it was unable to make the playoffs and faced uncertainty with contractual liabilities, far in excess of its possible income.

“Matthew endured a lot of criticism, along with myself and the board but worked tirelessly to steer the Club through to a position where we had no liabilities and were able to start over, providing the platform for where we currently are.

“I know that these situations took their toll on Matthew, as they did on all of us and it was a test of his character to continue.

“Considering when I convinced him to change tact from sports law to become CEO, we have done well, given what had to be endured, to have seen him stay for the four years.

“I know it was important to him to stay on until the outcome of the player claims and I thank him for doing so.”

Former head coach Neil Jukes will become the club’s interim general manager while a restructuring review is undertaken.