McKie leaves the SRU
June 14, 2011
Scotland endured a torrid 2011 Six Nations campaign which brought pressure onto the SRU © Getty Images
Gordon McKie, the chief executive of the Scottish Rugby (SRU), will leave the organisation with immediate effect.
Allan Munro, the chairman of the SRU, made a statement on Tuesday amid speculation that McKie had departed the SRU. McKie received a vote of confidence from the board last week; however this statement of support appears to be short lived. It is not clear whether McKie was sacked or whether he resigned but nevertheless McKie said it was a privilege to have led the organisation over the past six years.
"It has been a tremendous privilege for me to be appointed to lead the management team that has served the interests of Scottish Rugby over the last six years, and I particularly want to thank them for supporting me," McKie said.
"I will look back on my time at Murrayfield with a real sense of pride as much has been achieved since the dark days of 2005. I very much appreciated the Board's recent unanimous vote of confidence in the executive management team, and I take this opportunity to thank them for their continued support.
"However, from a personal perspective, I instigated discussions last weekend after considering matters with my family, as the time is right for me to leave Scottish Rugby and move on to fresh challenges."
McKie called the first performance review of Scottish rugby since 2007 in March after the national side's poor performance in the 2011 Six Nations. However, despite reducing the SRU's overdraft by about £5m since taking charge, McKie will now be replaced on an interim basis by former international Jock Millican, who holds the role of senior non-executive director in the SRU.
Munro paid tribute to McKie saying he 'achieved a great deal' at the SRU. "Gordon has provided great leadership, accountability, stability and transformed Scottish Rugby in the past six years. He has achieved a great deal during his time as Chief Executive and, on behalf of the Board and the staff, we thank him sincerely for his extensive efforts in leading the development of our sport at all levels and rebuilding our reputation amongst many of our key stakeholders," he said.
"Specifically, since his appointment in August 2005, we have made great progress under his stewardship and enjoyed some significant highs in recent years, including the growth in the number of people playing the game, achieving our highest ever world ranking position of sixth, enjoying notable wins at home and abroad for our national team and securing strong partnerships with sponsors and public sector partners.
"Gordon has demonstrated a willingness and an ability to support the board in the implementation of tough decisions that required to be made in the best interests of the game. Unlike 2005, when Scottish Rugby was close to insolvency, he leaves behind a solid platform and a stable financial base with significantly reduced debt, from which the next phase of developing the game in Scotland can be launched."
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