Brian Kennedy

  • Kennedy Sells Sharks To CorpAcq

    After 16 years under Brian Kennedy’s control, Sale Sharks have been sold to corporate acquisitions and investment firm CorpAcq Ltd, run by Simon Orange and supported by BetFred founder Fred Done and others.  CorpAcq is aiming to build on Sale’s success in the Premiership, is targeting a "top spot" and will invest in the senior squad as well as the academy and the commercial team. Orange said: “Sale have performed resiliently over the past 16 years under the ownership of Brian Kennedy an...

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  • Sale Sharks Make £800k Loss On Improved Income In 2016-17

    Manchester Sale Rugby Ltd, the company that runs Premiership side, Sale Sharks has reported a pre-tax loss of £818,000 for the year ending July 31st 2017, the first full year results after the acquisition of the club by Corpacq from Brian Kennedy in June 2016. The company’s income was up 11.4% from the previous year at £8.3m. In season 2016-17 the cost of wages and salaries grew at a greater rate than the increase in revenue. The company is wholly owned by Sharks Holdings Ltd whose registere...

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  • Sale to be self-sufficient in 18 months - Steve Diamond

    The BBC have reported that Steve Diamond is confident Sale Sharks will soon be able to function without the financial support of co-owners Brian Kennedy and Ian Blackhurst. Sale host Saracens on Saturday in their first competitive match at the Salford City Stadium since their relocation. Chief executive Diamond said: "We envisage that within 18 months we'll be completely self-sufficient.  "There's no point coming to run the business commercially if you're going for a handout every six months."...

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  • Face-To-Face With... Peter Kennedy

    Peter Kennedy of O'Neills Sportswear spoke to us at the World Rugby ConfEx in November about his role within the company and the general positioning of O'Neill's within rugby today.

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  • Moves - Niels de Vos

    ... dedicated and outstandingly talented people behind the scenes, without whom I simply could not have done my job.  I would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of them.   I must however make special mention of the clubs’ owners, Brian Kennedy and Ian Blackhurst.  I have learned more from them in five years than many executives will learn in a lifetime, and I am proud to call them friends as well as employers.’   Owner Brian Kennedy paid tribute to Niels. ‘”Niel...

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  • Facer Appointed To Saints Board

    Northampton Saints plc, the parent company of Northampton Saints, has announced that former marketing manager Brian Facer has been appointed to the board of directors at the club The Northampton-born 43-year-old has been at the Saints for almost eight years after joining the club back in March 2006 as marketing manager. He was promoted to head of commercial operations in 2012 after previously working for a number of blue-chip IT companies in senior sales and marketing roles and he will now take...

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  • Brian Facer New Exiles Chief Exec

    London Irish has announced that Brian Facer will be joining the club as the new chief executive. Facer will arrive at Hazelwood at the beginning of November with a wealth of experience working in sport. After working for a number of blue chip companies, Facer joined Northampton Saints in 2006 as sales and marketing manager before being promoted to head of commercial operations in 2012 then to his current role as commercial director in 2014. His 11 years at Northampton Saints have seen him play a...

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  • McKie Becomes Sharks Chairman

    ... executive Gordon McKie has been appointed by Sale Sharks as the club's new chairman. McKie, who spent six years at the SRU before being appointed chief executive of the Hong Kong Football Association, takes up the role with immediate effect and Sale owner Brian Kennedy is pleased to have his man. "I have known Gordon for several years and I believe he is the man to chair the club at this stage," he said. "He is highly respected within the game of rugby union and his commercial, organisation...

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  • Sale Sharks Commit To Saturday Home Games

    Sale Sharks have confirmed that they will play their home games next season at the AJ Bell Stadium on Saturday afternoons at 2pm. Co-owner Brian Kennedy explained the club's decision to move to Saturday afternoon kick offs by suggesting that the switch is to benefit supporters, who have informed the club that Saturday games would make for a more relaxed journey. "The club have played Friday night rugby since 2002 but with the move to the new stadium in 2012, the attendances have dropped off desp...

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  • Barwick To Chair Liverpool 2026 Bid

    RFL chairman, Brian Barwick is to chair Liverpool’s bid to host the Commonwealth Games in 2026. The chance may come four years earlier in 2022 should the UK host the event following Durban’s recent withdrawal. The former head of BBC Sport, controller of ITV Sport and chief executive of the Football Association will lead ‘Team Liverpool’. Brian Barwick said: “Having worked in and around sport most of my adult life, the chance to lead the work for my home city of Liverpool to host the Co...

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