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July 24, 2009

More on Ian Riddoch's departure

Posted by Editor on July 24, 2009 08:02 PM | 2 comments | Print | E-mail author
With little over a week until Glasgow's first pre-season game the club have lost their chief executive Ian Riddoch.

Riddoch's resignation accompanies an admission from the SRU's top official that the organisation's marketing and business procedures are in need of a drastic overhaul.

Responding to Riddoch's departure, SRU chief executive Gordon McKie said that a review of the governing body's trading practices had concluded that major changes are needed.

McKie said in the Telegraph: "We have recently reviewed all commercial and marketing activities within Scottish Rugby and have concluded that a new structure is needed. To this end, a new Head of Commercial will be appointed."

The Times reports Dominic McKay, the director of communications, denied this was a significant change of tack, saying it was more of an adjustment to difficult trading conditions. “The role will be to manage all the commercial properties of the SRU, including those of the pro teams,” he said. “It will leave the chief executives of both Glasgow and Edinburgh free to concentrate on things like brand identity and attendances.”

The new appointment will result in all major commercial decisions for both Edinburgh and the Warriors being taken at Murrayfield rather than by the pro-team's chief executives.

The Scotsman claims the removal of the those resonsibilities is to be accompanied with a drop in salary. It appears Riddoch's response was a swift 'no thanks', but Edinburgh CEO Nic Cartwright is believed to have accepted the new deal.

In the Herald Riddoch said: "The Warriors now have a long-term playing venue at Firhill andwill shortly move into their new world-class training facilities at Scotstoun. This will provide the necessary consistency and facilities the club needs to continue its progress and challenge the leading rugby teams in Europe both on and off the field.

"The last two years have been all about building strong community foundations to ensure that the Warriors are ideally placed to flourish in Glasgow. There are strong signs from the schools, grassroots rugby clubs, the media, the business community and the public that the Warriors will continue to go from strength to strength."

Chief executive Ian Riddoch quits Glasgow - The Telegraph

Glasgow hit by sudden departure of chief executive - The Times

Glasgow chief quits amid SRU's changes

SRU act quickly to centralise commercial arm - The Herald

Posted by AJPatterson on July 25, 2009 12:36 AM | Reply to this comment

I would not be surprised if Ian turns up in a Commonwealth Games role. He'd be good at that. If he's turned down a salary cut, he probably has options.

Many businesses are looking to their laurels right now and a pure marketing person may have been a luxury. The task now is to build a proper rugby club - Ulster are going through a similar transition, and more may follow. This could work well in the long term, building from within.

Just so long as they're not seeing Glasgow as an outpost - but there are too many people involved and too many intelligent Edinbuggers probably for that to happen in reality.

They could probably harness more volunteer effort than they do right now, maybe it's all hands to the pump.

Posted by ballinj on July 25, 2009 03:45 PM | Reply to this comment

Something about this just doesn't stack up. Not sure we are getting the full story here.

The Pro teams need continuity not stop start change every couple of years. We have had a CEO then centrally managed then back to CEO and now back to centrally managed.

It should be a CEO in charge backed up by a centrally managed support team that could leverage the power and expertise of the SRU in getting the big ticket items on board such as main sponsers, shirt manufacturers, while finding sponsers, marketing the team and general admin should be done at a local level.

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