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Glossop has confidence in continued SHL funding
THE money men behind Worcester Warriors are fully committed to resurrecting the club and will continue to fund a full salary cap budget, according to Sixways interim chief executive Anthony Glossop.
The board member, who is holding the fort until a permanent replacement for the sacked Charles Cameron has been recruited, has revealed that, despite relegation, Warriors will continue to receive whole-hearted backing from Sixways Holding Limited (SHL), the non-profit entity with a majority holding in the club.
Although big-earners Euan Murray, Dean Schofield, David Lemi, Chris Jones and Paul Hodgson have all been removed from the wage bill for next season, Dean Ryan has recruited extensively and money will be no object in his mission to revive the ailing club’s fortunes.
Glossop explained: “The shareholders of the club, supported by the board of directors, have committed to the development of our academy programme, funding a full salary cap team and increasing rugby support.
“The club has recognised that we must create a team with young English talent to improve on-pitch performance, retain key players and create an appealing team support across our region.
“With an initial timescale of five years, key steps have already been taken, such as the commitment to fully-funded regional academy centres.”
He added: “The change in the club’s strategy has been stimulated by the recognition that we don’t want to be perennial survivors who lose their best talent.
“To do this we needed to invest in the coaching and academy structure and over the next few seasons we will recruit ambitious young players. The commitment from shareholders has enabled us to take this longer term view.
“The mix of our board is based on a balance of skills experiences and benefits to the club. We will always consider skills that can be brought into the club.
“All rugby decisions are made by the director of rugby. However, the director of rugby acts within a budget and a policy agreed with the shareholders and the board.”