|[23 JUL 98] RUGBY
Gerry Sugrue Resigns From Troubled Coventry
The chairman of
crisis rugby club Coventry has resigned.
Local businessman Gerry Sugrue stepped down as the Allied
Dunbar Premiership Two club faces a fight for its future.
The Coundon Road outfit - one of the sports leading names
in the 1960s and 70s - has crippling debts and has lost a dozen senior squad players in
the last two months.
The club sold its ground to a housing company to pay off
debts of £1.4 million and to settle with players who had not been paid for
two months. It can remain at Coundon Road for next few seasons and is currently searching
for a new home.
Coventry RFC now faces a battle to be ready for the new
season after the mass exodus of players.
A statement from the committee said:
"Gerry Sugrue has tendered his resignation as chairman
of Coventry Football Club (Rugby). The committee accepts his decision and places on
record its appreciation for his unstinting efforts to raise Coventry to the forefront of
English Rugby Union.
"Mr Sugrue has devoted an enormous amount of time and
energy to the interests of Coventry, often putting his own health at risk but he has now
decided he can no longer devote the time needed to a club struggling with the demands
rugby union's new professional era."
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