Rugby union club boss departs weeks after takeover

Gus Mackay, managing director of Worcester Warriors
Gus Mackay, managing director of Worcester Warriors

The managing director of Premiership rugby club Worcester Warriors, Gus Mackay, has left the club just weeks after a takeover was agreed.

A consortium including finance specialist Errol Pope and former Swindon Town chairman Jed McCrory bought the club in October.

Mackay, who represented Zimbabwe during a career that also saw him play for Barnt Green and West Bromwich in the West Midlands, had previously run Sussex and Surrey County Cricket Clubs and rugby league club London Broncos.

He replaced Jim O’Toole in June 2017, who had been chief executive at Sixways for two years.

In a statement, Mackay said: “I wish the new owners, Alan Solomons, and all the players all the very best for the rest of the season.

“I am confident that with the new owners and current group of players the Club will grow from strength-to-strength and build on the positive start to the season in all competitions.”

Worcester are one of seven clubs to have won three of their nine Premiership matches this season and are currently ninth in the 12-team league.