Brumbies CEO Andrew Fagan resigns
November 22, 2013
Stephen Larkham has moved into the head coaching position for the Brumbies 2014 season and is unfazed by Andrew Fagan's move © Getty Images
The upheavals continue at the Brumbies with longstanding chief executive Andrew Fagan resigning less than six months after renewing his contract with the Super Rugby franchise. Fagan's departure follows South African World Cup winner Jake White quitting as coach with two seasons remaining on his contract.
Fagan has been CEO of Australia's most successful Super Rugby franchise - and 2013 runners-up - for the past eight years, but said it was fitting to move on after overseeing the club's impending multi-million-dollar move to a new headquarters in Canberra next season.
"It's time," he said on Friday. "Earlier this year, I extended my contract for a final one-year term and agreed to work with the board on a succession plan to help with a smooth transition to a new chief executive.
"But with the sale of the Griffith site complete, construction of our new facility at UC (University of Canberra) taking shape, the new coaching framework settled and a healthy sponsorship program in place, it became clear that now is the best time for a successful transition.
"Leaving now will allow a new chief executive time to settle in and apply new thinking where needed for 2014 but, most importantly, he or she will be here to lead the strategic planning for season 2015 and beyond.
"That wouldn't have been possible if I stayed on until the end of next season. It's a sad day to walk away from an organisation I love but it's the right decision for me and the right decision for the Brumbies."
Fagan joined the Brumbies in 2002 as general manager and was promoted to the top job three years later. He will no doubt be a sought-after figure when he officially leaves the Brumbies next month, having already reportedly turned down the role of chief executive at NRL heavyweights Canterbury earlier this year. There has also been speculation linking Fagan to a move to NRL headquarters in the future as well as the NSW Waratahs.
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