Ospreys Chairman James Resigns Over "Worst Of All Worlds"

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11 March 2019

Ospreys chairman, Mike James resigned as last week citing the WRU’s “catastrophic mismanagement” of Project Reset and directly after a suggestion that Ospreys should merge with Scarlets.

James made the announcement at the start of the PRB meeting in Cardiff last Tuesday. Speaking after his resignation, Mike James said:

“None of us doubt that regional rugby requires restructuring in order to ensure the long-term sustainability of the game. The way in which this has been handled however is nothing short of chaotic, resulting in a fatal combination of uncertainty, conjecture and insecurity now hanging over regional rugby’s future.

“To methodically, rationally and impartially map out the future of regional rugby is one thing, to fatally wound it with an ill-judged, cavalier process is another. We now have the worst of all worlds - a lack of clarity, a lack of transparency and a total inability to plan ahead. We can no longer make sound rugby or business decisions and nor can our players or commercial partners. Project Reset has become Project Inept.

“I cannot and will not be a party to this level of catastrophic mismanagement and today I’ve made the decision to stand down as both chairman and a director of the Ospreys, surrendering my position on the PRB.”

Mike James is to be succeeded as chairman by fellow Ospreys benefactor Rob Davies who, like James, has injected millions into the Ospreys, helping it become the most successful Welsh side

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