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Hogan to link up with England Rugby 2015
ESPNscrum Staff
January 3, 2012
Sale chief Mick Hogan is poised to leave the Aviva Premiership behind for a role with England Rugby 2015 © Getty Images
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Sale Sharks have confirmed that chief executive Mick Hogan will quit the club later this month before taking up a role with World Cup organisers England Rugby 2015.

Hogan will undertake a series of short term consultancy projects within sport before commencing his role at England Rugby 2015 in July. Speaking about his departure from the Aviva Premiership club, who he joined in 2010, Hogan said: "I've had a great time over the past couple of seasons and I'd like to think that the club has progressed during my tenure. At the time of taking on the role, I told [owner] Brian Kennedy that I would not be at Sale Sharks long term, but would work hard over two to three years to see where the club could improve. The time is now right to move on with the exciting new role with England Rugby 2015, combined with my family's wishes to move down South.

"I'd like to thank Brian Kennedy and co-owner Ian Blackhurst for giving me this tremendous opportunity. I'd also like to thank my fellow Directors, the staff at Edgeley Park and Carrington, the players and. of course, all the Sharks supporters, sponsors, partners and the corporate community who continue to support the club, whatever the results. The players in particular have been magnificent on and off the field. Their voluntary support and commitment to the work done by the Sharks Community Trust is outstanding, and they all deserve every success that comes their way.

"Under Steve Diamond, the playing side of the club has been transformed. We are now serious Top Four contenders, have a great chance of going through to the Quarter Finals in Europe and gaining Heineken Cup qualification for next year. The development of the Training Facilities at Carrington mirrors the incredibly positive attitude that now exists there between players and coaching staff.

"...Sale Sharks is now setting down some strong foundations and pillars for growth and I will watch from afar with great pride as the club goes onto greater success. The Aviva Premiership is a great competition and I'm sure the Sharks will be one of the leading players as the club game goes from strength to strength up to and beyond 2015."

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