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Saracens Chairman Nigel Wray Steps Down

Nigel Wray

Nigel Wray has resigned from his role as chairman of Saracens with immediate effect. 

Wray said: “As we enter a new year, a new decade, it is time for the Club to make a fresh start. I am not getting any younger and feel this is the right moment for me to stand down as Chairman and just enjoy being a fan of this incredible rugby club. I will always be committed to the wonderful Saracens family.

“The Wray family will continue to provide the required financial support to the Club, and I will remain actively engaged in the work of the Saracens Sport Foundation and Saracens High School, as part of the Club’s ongoing commitment to our community in north London.”

Nigel Wray
Director of Rugby Mark McCall (L) and owner Nigel Wray (R) of Saracens pose with the trophy after the European Rugby Champions Cup Final match between Racing 92 and Saracens at the Stade de Lyon on May 14, 2016 in Lyon, France. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

The club have confirmed that a new independent chairman will be appointed imminently while Edward Griffiths will take up the role of interim CEO for a 12-month period. Mitesh Velani will assume a consultancy position at the club and remain on the Saracens board.

Wray resignation comes off the back of much off-field controversy as the club received a 35-points deduction and £5 million fine for breaching the Premiership salary cap in the 2016-17, 2017-18 and 2018-19 seasons by failing to disclose payments to players.

Saracens currently find themselves at the bottom of the Premiership table, 18 points behind 11th-placed Leicester Tigers.

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Author: Sean McMahon

Sean is Deputy Editor and head rugby writer. You can contact him by email seanmc@punditarena.com or on Twitter