Scottish Rugby staff start to feel the squeeze

Redundancies planned as part of business restructuring process aimed at tackling the £10.5m deficit

Scottish Rugby have been told that redundancies are going to happen as part of a restructuring of the business. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk
Scottish Rugby have been told that redundancies are going to happen as part of a restructuring of the business. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk

THE task of turning around Scottish Rugby’s dire financial position cannot wait until a new chief executive is appointed. Chairman John McGuigan thought he had got his man – an individual with the business and rugby pedigree to spearhead a seismic change in the way the organisation is run – until a late call-off left him with egg on his face and sent the recruitment process back to square one.

So, Murrayfield will carry on being run as it has been since Mark Dodson exited stage left back in January, with McGuigan picking up much of the slack in terms of Scottish Rugby’s executive and international functions until the new CEO is in place, hopefully before the end of the year.

And on Wednesday, it was made clear that decisive action needs to be taken before then to get costs back under control, with an all-staff meeting called to explain that redundancies will be part of a restructuring process. The target is understood to be a £2m saving from shedding 35 jobs, averaging out at a saving of £57,142 per employee.


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The head count at Murrayfield in the last Annual Report was 479 with average cost of £67,864 per employee (boosted by contracted pro players), and the deficit in the 2022-23 financial year was £10.5m. 2023-24 is going to be even worse given there was a World Cup and Mark Dodson’s termination package to pay for, no Autumn Tests and only two home Six Nations matches. So, this is a relatively modest start and by no means the end of the belt-tightening exercise – with pro team and international budgets likely to be in the bean-counters’ crosshairs before long (despite there also being no performance director at the moment).

Glasgow Warriors’ magnificent end of season run to claim the URC title was a much-needed boost for rugby in Scotland after a long and generally disappointing season, but in the current economic climate it is hard to justify the two pro sides having among the biggest budgets in the URC apart from Leinster, and more cash to spend on players than the English Premiership’s salary cap (excluding marquee players).

The fact that Scotland has only two pro teams while Ireland and Wales (for the time being) have four does make it extra important that they are sustained to a level which can ensure there is the critical mass of pro players required to support the men’s national team – but there also has to be realism about what is needed and what is luxury when the catastrophic finances pose an existential threat to the future of the business.

McGuigan has made it clear that he doesn’t want austerity and has put an emphasis on growing revenue as the driver to getting things back on track. But his target of £100m turnover from a £68m starting point is bold, to put it mildly, and won’t happen overnight – with game-changing commercial and broadcast deals proving more elusive than we were led to believe they would be when a large chunk of the family silverware was hocked to CVC Partners private equity house a few years back – so cutting costs is going to be the quickest and most reliable way of holding off the wolves at the door.

 

 

Incidentally, the WRU – who are in perhaps an even bigger hole than the SRU – announced a strategy earlier this week to tackle the £35m funding gap which has been forecast over the next five years if nothing radical (likely to be the closure or downgrading of at least one regional team) is done.

At the media briefing to give a broad outline of the plans, a sense of regret that the previous WRU regime had sold some of its share of United Rugby Championship (URC) and Six Nations media rights to CVC was evident.

“We were spending £15m more than we actually had,” said Chair Richard Collier-Keywood when talking about the WRU’s recent financial performance. “How was that funded? It was funded by selling assets that we had to CVC but the sale of those assets basically mean that in the future our income streams will be reduced because we’ve sold some of our media rights.”

McGuigan, who was not involved when the CVC deal was brokered, had a more sanguine – or was it diplomatic? – perspective when asked back in April about the private equity firm’s value to the sport.

“Any business would take up the opportunity of getting money that unchains some of the things you want to do,” he said in defence of the deal. “I think it is too early to say if the CVC deal has been a success or not for rugby. I think CVC would say it has been pretty challenging for them, given the amount of money they have invested, to see how they get their return.

“From that perspective, on both sides there is a question. Has rugby been good for CVC? It is probably too early to say. Has CVC been good for rugby? It is probably still too early to say.

“The TV rights and the opportunities the Nations Cup creates, I think is the time to answer that.

“I think the bigger question is, can you see a way of rugby generally surviving without external support? And I think the answer is, definitely not. So, whether it is CVC or somebody else, I think that’s going to be part of the make-up of rugby going forward.”

 

 

Rugby bosses across the world are all hoping that the biennial Nations Cup – which is planned to begin in 2026 and will see the Six Nations teams tour the southern hemisphere for three matches every other summer before playing three home games against the other southern hemisphere sides in the autumn – can deliver the commercial lifeline they all crave.

Qatar is closing in on a deal to host a six-match finals series involving all 12 of the current tier one nations for the first four iterations of the tournament, from November 2026. They are proposing a three-day sporting festival which was described as a “Super Bowl of Rugby” in the bid documents.

It has been reported that £800m is being offered by the Arabian state to host the event, and further add-ons such as broadcast rights and merchandising will swell the pot, but remember this is going to be split between the competing nations as well as CVC and World Rugby, and it will be spread over eight years, so we’re still some way off hitting McGuigan’s ambitious revenue targets.


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  1. Any comparison between the SRU and WRU’s financial positions is tricky as they have substantially different pros and cons as businesses. Looking from the outside I’d say the SRU’s finances are more troubling and they have less room for manoeuvre.

    The WRU’s major weakness is debt, the hotel financing greatly restricts the ability to take on further debt thus they have to get to the point of covering any losses (including any deficit from the CVC deal) very soon. However they have some significant strengths, a modern stadium with good hospitality facilities and a diversified income with the hotel and now the Scale attraction. Whereas the SRU looks to be running significant deficits and without the leadership team in place they are bleeding across multiple seasons (easily into 24/25 and perhaps beyond). There has been a bloat in staffing and cutting costs is a start, but I can’t see that this deficit can go away without pushing down on player salaries, which is tricky without a stronger player pathway. It’s also hard for me to see how the SRU can significantly raise income, or find the money to upgrade Murrayfield to assist with that goal. The runway for sorting out the issue is very short with CVC money falling away soon. I don’t see a new 6N deal providing a significant uplift. So things could get very sticky.

    BTW I don’t WRU running 4 full funded pro teams going forward, a 3 or 3+ 1 is most likely based around Cardiff, Swansea and Newport (with a +1 in Llanelli or the North) but we will see.

  2. I really like the URC and have enjoyed the addition of the SA teams, but perhaps it’s time to look at that again from a cost point of view. Perhaps those boys could play the Currie Cup and the top 4 from that go into a playoff with the URC top 4?

    Or something.

  3. I was wondering when the Dodson fan club would arrive and they didn’t disappoint.

    I’m not going to go over previous arguments on his leadership style or effectiveness.

    One thing I have learned is how luck plays a huge part in business success. Being in the right place at the right time helps enormously.

    * being appointed after Gordon McKay had rebuilt the balance sheet.
    * being CEO when rugby was on a growth phase and increasing revenues were the norm for all Unions
    * having a supine Board who were easily malleable and strongly influenced by the Executive.
    * getting a new contract when the results of the Keith Russell employment tribunal should have resulted in dismissal
    * bringing the SRU into disrepute with World Rugby after some typically unwise language was used. Again, should have resulted in disciplinary action.
    * SRU getting £20M from Scottish Govt which is still a complete mystery. No other company got such unrestricted largesse during Covid.

    Very fortunate to be around during all these is it not?

    Good or bad CEOs are best viewed from a distance. So some may say it’s too early to comment on his tenure. What I can say is I encountered Mr Dodson many times at AGMs. Completely unable to understand the role of clubs in the SRU and his my way or the highway attitude was his ultimate undoing.

    A simple question – how many rugby clubs did Mr Dodson visit during his time as CEO? Not for promotional or marketing purposes, just to meet members and get a view from the grassroots? My understanding is that it was less than a dozen in over 12 years in post. That in itself is damning.

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  4. As ever with these things it will be the ordinary hard working staff member who will suffer. I hope they find other posts if they deserve to. In the meantime savings need to be made and it will be interesting just where within the business that takes place.

    • Indeed, as you say savings need to be made. Interesting to note that Glasgow Warriors has the biggest playing budget apart from Leinster in the URC. I wonder if thats the last time Glasgow Warriors reach a final.

  5. The one thing that the Kool aid chuggers and the troughers used to defend Dodson’s exorbitant salary and bonuses was his ‘financial prowess’….turns out that as with his previous job he was useless at that too. Tremendous at lining his own pockets of course earning three times the basic salary of his Irish counterpart with not even a scintilla of the comparative success (again as with his previous job). The Keith Russell farago should have done for him, as should his behaviour regarding the Cattigan family …two issues the Kool Aiders and Troughers do their best to ignore noticeably. He’s not a scapegoat…he was the pro JUST LIKE HIS PREVIOUS JOB!!! A classless vile bully who should never have been recruited and certainly should have been removed years ago. He’s retiring because he’s grifted enough cash out of us and let’s be fair, noone else sane would employ him. It will take years to recover both financially and developmentally from the damage he’s done to our sport.

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  6. This should come as no surprise to anyone although the reactionary nature of the cuts should have been wholly avoidable. When the previous years financials were announced last November showing the £10.5m deficit there was some good analysis on this site.

    I said at the time that with a revenue stream that is highly predictable ie mostly international ticket revenue then on the basis of running a balanced budget (expenditure = revenue) then expenditure (the budget) should be set to match the expected revenue – at least fairly closely. So basically a £10m loss should never be allowed to happen. The business has simply been spending money it didn’t have and suggests poor basic financial management. It must have known it was going to spend £10m more than it raised. Any decent business would have a proper budget and financial reporting process that tracks the budget throughout the year and provide updates on forecast spend. Did the SRU actually have a budget they were working to – it appears not.

    So this sudden move to reduce costs should never have been needed because the SRU should never have allowed costs to balloon to this level in the first place. Decisions were clearly made to spend money on a variety of things which were in excess of the forecast revenue. What were the finance Director and CEO actually looking at.

    I fear the extent of the deficit for the 23/24 year ending 31st May but we will probably have to wait till November for the gory details.

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    • Would you not take your agreed salary then you leave a job? Blame those blazers who rode the gravy train and signed off his salary.
      Dobson wasn’t a lone wolf

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        • He was Chief Executive and being paid around half a million a year MisterC. He’s not “an easy scapegoat” he’s accountable for this. I’m sorry to burst your delusionary bubble but the guy has sailed the SRU at full speed into the rocks.

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          • Totally agree – as per my later posting he is the CEO of a business that has shown very poor financial management and allowed a £10m loss to occur when it never should have happened. The buck stops with him.

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          • Craig he was in charge during the hardest time in rugby’s history. Was he perfect no, was he the devil he gets made out to be no.
            He has overseen a remarkable growth in the commercial revenue, with full stadiums now common place.
            A new stadium for Edinburgh, a record world ranking, and teams competing in URC.
            During his time Welsh rugby is in turmoil and 4 English pro teams have gone bust.
            Yeh he wasn’t great but it could have been much worse, if you blame him for all the problems he must get credit for all the successes.
            Regardless he wasn’t a lone wolf there are those who were accountable for his appointment, salary package, continued contractual extentions and who failed to hold him to account.

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            • He was given and was only too willing to accept the “credit” when it suited him Adam including high praise from many a luminary and ex internalists looking to court his favour. These enablers that he surrounded himself with are also culpable for the part they played but as the Chief Executive earning the big bucks, almost £1m in a single financial year at one point, he absolutely deserves to be dragged over hot coals for what he has ultimately delivered.

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              • He was always praised by those wishing to put their noses in his trough. Few others had much time for him and most saw him for what he was.

      • Blazers has always meant committee people ie volunteers

        It was the non exec directors on remco of the SRU Ltd board and full Board who extended his contract when he should have been sacked after Russelgate and approved his various pay increases.

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  7. clearly the gap between income and expenditure is not sustainable and has to be addressed.
    For some context, did any national union not have financial issues last season or 2? Any not running up debts?

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    • Does it make it any better because others have financial problems. Sure most rugby unions are challenged but its still financial mismanagement.

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      • of course it wouldn’t make it any better. But it would provide context. It may or may not suggest that factors outside rugby’s control affected everyone; or it might prove that only the SRU are culpable. If you don’t identify the real problem you will never solve it.
        Simple answers to complex issues rarely are correct

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  8. You can bet that those to be made redundant will be those at the bottom of the hierarchy who have had absolutely nothing to do with the decisions that put the SRU in such a financial mess.

    The first out of the door (with only the minimum statutory redundancy pay) should be any of Dodson’s lieutenants who remain. Then we can start looking to get rid of those constantly underperforming coaches who hinder rather than enable progress.

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    • Just seen an article on Wales Online this morning suggesting that the SRU (Glasgow) may have spent upwards of 500k on travel costs (ie excluding hotels) for last weekend’s match in Pretoria and “with very little prizemoney” involved. If so,magical though it was to see the victory,this sort of thing just cannot be repeated (and I know Munster had the same trip last yoear for the final).
      Just imagine if,as nearly happened Glasgow had finished fifth in the league and had to play Stormers in SA in the QF (and won) then had to return to Munster for the SF (and won) then back to the Bulls in SA agin for the final ie effectively doubling all those costs!!
      Utterly crazy given the parlous financial situation with the SRU-quite apart from the physical drain on already exhausted players and staff.

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      • As I said, it’s all about money for URC and Anayi and his crew who without doubt sold the Qatar Airline package in on the basis of additional coverage of SA involvement, [it’s a ‘Hub’] it’s all about the money and it’s going to the likes of Anayi/URC not apparently to the Clubs or the Unions.
        The Game is being taken over by Marketing and Tv. Sales and there is absolutely no sign of supposed player welfare with ever increasing fixtures, competitions and representative matches other than questionable changes to the Laws to attempt to show ‘duty of care’ by WR, a somewhat vacuous action considering the WR changes to the Laws in the first instance over many seasons caused many of the problems by the Law of unintended consequence and morphed into a game hardly recognisable from the one many of us played.
        I don’t care how often I have to say it but be careful what you wish for as I said at the start of the game going Open because when you bring in Money overtly to a Sport it attracts the ‘Tick Birds’ feasting of the Sport and who only have their profit and not the games benefit as their objective.

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      • That’s quite an article! Welsh sides need to leave URC and play English Premiership. Wow.

        And each ticket to SA cost Glasgow £8-10k. Cost saving would be getting a good travel agent. And what happened to the Qatar deal?

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        • It doesn’t appear to be part of the Qatar airlines deal to transport Teams and for Bulls Quarter-final game versus Northampton SA Rugby provided 38 flights [tickets] 33 business, five economy. They travelled overnight British Airways (24 players and management) and Lufthansa (4 players and management). The coach and CEO also flew direct to London Virgin business class. The balance of eight of the tour squad (four management and four players) travelled via Zurich, Doha, and Dubai.
          That suggests that there isn’t a deal for Teams.
          Mind you I would bet heavy money that Anayi and URC have a nice ‘Contra’ arrangement for Qatar tickets included in their deal, perhaps we should be told.

        • It doesn’t appear to be part of the Qatar airlines deal to transport Teams and for Bulls Quarter-final game versus Northampton SA Rugby provided 38 flights [tickets] 33 business, five economy. They travelled overnight British Airways (24 players and management) and Lufthansa (4 players and management). The coach and CEO also flew direct to London Virgin business class. The balance of eight of the tour squad (four management and four players) travelled via Zurich, Doha, and Dubai.
          That suggests that there isn’t a deal for Teams.
          Mind you I would bet heavy money that Anayi and URC have a nice ‘Contra’ arrangement for Qatar tickets included in their deal, perhaps we should be told.

      • I think Wales Online have taken a bit of a flyer here.

        The URC gave Glasgow a lump sum to cover cost of getting to Pretoria and let them get on with organising flights. I don’t know if that covered all the costs but certainly subsidised the travel.

        Also, Glasgow flew via Emirates and their listed price for flights booked in same time frame as Glasgow needed to book is about half the price WOL are quoting (which seems to be based on BA flights).

  9. Where has the money gone? Not on the Glasgow and Edinburgh A teams. Not on Sevens. Not on the Super Series. Not on a third pro team. Nothing significant to the Club game. What has been going on?

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    • Not on the pathways or 20s coaching. The 20s players couldn’t keep their jerseys after last years 6nations.

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      • The under 20scountries like Wales give their U20s smart suits and they get awarded proper Welsh caps. Our guys get some polo shirts to wear post match and look like second class citizens. I remember seeing the SA U20s when the championship was held here arriving for the final at Burnbrae against NZ and they were all dressed in blazers etc and looked incredibly smart.

      • The SRU have spent millions on importing players here whether project or SQ and although the likes of Nel, Schoeman et al have made us more competitive but we have won nothing and the SRU is in a perilous financial state. Remember that a lot of these imports failed to deliver and they were getting paid big bucks. Our home grown Scottish boys get paid peanuts in comparison unless you are an established internationals like Hogg, Fagerson and remember how many players are paid in excess of 250K a year. Kebble is reputedly the 2nd highest paid at Warriors so if he is over 250K and been here what 7 years which is not far short of £2million!!!!! So think about all the imports over Dobsons reign pushed for by Townsend and where has it got us no where two group stage exits and the odd big 6N wins over poor English and Welsh teams.

      • That kind of thing still going on!? I remember a few years ago my son was playing in an u16 inter-district match. His was the second game on, they had to take the damp/sweaty/stinking tops from the lads that had just played before them. That was the reward for months of successful trials, so amateurish.

  10. Having read the report again, if the average individual wage is £57k, it doesn’t seem to me to be any of the ‘higher’ earners that will be having sleepless nights.
    As for CVC, they will not be the ones out of pocket so we can make a decision now as they wrote into their deal, as I understand it, that they get their cut of the Pizza first.
    But what about players salaries, that’s the Barn Door that has been open from the start with Rugby at many levels considering that they are collectively worth more income than they generate, there are hardly any Premiership English Clubs that are out of significant debt and as usual I blame World Rugby for yet another blinkered and un-thoughtful emergence into a professional era, without considering about the smaller countries, France dominate the payment structure, if Japan get the urge they will be up there with Le Blue, the game as such can’t afford its financial obligations and I can only see another split as in 1895.

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    • it doesn’t say the average wage is £57K. Its says the average player cost is £57K – which will I think include employers NI contributions, pension contributions etc. As a rule of thumb my former employer used to roughly double wages to get a total employee cost – that would be too high in this case

      • Well one of us is getting the wrong end of the Stick.
        “The target is understood to be a £2m saving from shedding 35 jobs, averaging out at a saving of £57,142 per employee”.

      • Another mea culpa I hadn’t re-read my comment until know, having done so I can see why you made your comment, sorry just another mangle as I commented to ein stein, of course I should have written ‘saving’ not ‘wage’.

    • I think Japan already pay more than France for top players from NZ and SA. They also have a short season, which helps the players

  11. Many good points in comments, but I said when they were talking about the involvement of SA Clubs from Anayi and his crowd, are they moving SA into Europe for fun or an easier ‘Sell’ for their commercial sales and sponsorship, answers on a ‘Post it Note’, as Ardent asks, what’s it cost us? Surely there must be a financial benefit to the SRU or Warriors.
    Whatever happens the SRU primary responsibility has to go on what makes the money and where players start their Rugby lives with in my opinion more emphasis on supporting clubs and bringing players on rather than Academy players starved of game time, you don’t learn the game in training or in the Gym.
    If an area of Rugby doesn’t make a profit it can’t be supported out of some misguided sense of entitlement, no doubt there will be howls of misogyny from some quarters but tell the truth and shame the Devil.
    One of the prime areas of quality players was the HSBC Sevens tournaments, why can’t we enter as Scotland in the Olympics, why do we ‘have to’ go in on the Coat Tails of GB, or is it just for the Olympics?
    Personally I recall seeing George Horne for the first time and thought there’s one for the future and many others that took the XV a side game in their stride. I’m not sure we have a significant presence in any event in GB 7’s. As an aside I would reckon that would be a better area of learning for a Women’s team and put the money there rather than set up costly XV a side International costs. Other opinions are available, perhaps they may be better ones.
    As an aside what is the income from the sales and sponsorship employee’s at the SRU, are they paying their way by bringing in a ‘substantial profit’, they have Scottish Rugby to sell not Tobermory, with apologies to them, but you know the point I am attempting to make.
    As Dom Ward suggested regarding getting started there’s no time like the present: but I’m sorry I have to mention once again the cost to Scottish Rugby of the Small Ads Sales Manager not wanted on the Voyage, lets hope the next incumbent doesn’t BS his way into Mega Bucks.

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  12. Masquerade could be the only description of what he does.

    What’s the bet he survives and the only people who get the chop are folk who actually make a contribution.

  13. This has all come about from the Begbie days when the Development Dept went from 18 to around 33
    Regional Directors, Regional Managers, Admin Managers all on good salaries and we cut the actual coaching staff down to a bare minimum and when they did appoint we got all the Teflon coaches or mate of a mate being moved around to fill gaps and then take on head band man Fletcher at god knows how much and we wonder how our Academy system is not fit for purpose when the guy running it still lives in the North East of England. Decisions made a few years ago are know coming back to bite people in the backside and lose their jobs through no fault of their own however every job must be accountable and bring value to an organisation like the SRU and for too long people have been allowed to be mediocre and not except the highest standers needed within a professional sporting group.

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    • not sure where you are getting 33 regional staff, there are 5 regional directors, 10 regional managers and 5 admin staff ( not managers) that’s 20 staff 2 more than the 18 you mentioned. None are on huge salaries, certainly the admins are just over minimum wage

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  14. Also wondering,notwithstanding the absolutely marvellous victory by Glasgow Warriors last weekend in Pretoria I’m interested in knowing what the financial implications are for Scottish rugby ie
    1. Is there any prize-money for winning?
    2.Who ultimatimately pays for Glasgow’s the travel/accomodation costs? For the travelling party of 47 I’d guess flights and hotels must have racked up north of 100k (probably quite a lot more)? Are they reimbursed or does this fall entirely on the visitors (ie the SRU)?

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  15. Dodson,s ” termination package”? Sorry but I,m obviously missing something as I thought he was just retiring?
    Surely he,s not being paid off in addition to his excessive remuneration over the years.

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    • I believe there was some kind of termination bonus put into his contract as was revealed by Mr Barnes prior to him being ushered out the door.

      • The one aspect that wasn’t obviously written in was a ‘Performance’ bonus, ending up Millions in debt doesn’t on the face of it appear to be, mind you knowing him he would say in his defence well it could have been £25 million my expertise kept it down.

  16. ‘Hopefully by the end of the year’, 2024 presumably. Not a quick fix, but you would hope that at least there will be a name in the frame by then. The entire process starts again because one guy pulls out. Was there no reserve candidate of sufficient calibre to avoid this scenario? I sincerely hope the Glasgow and Edinburgh budgets aren’t squeezed, because we are already the poor church mice of Europe and it is a minor miracle that the Warriors performed so heroically given their financial disadvantage. Th Irish clubs have a player budget of £6.5m, the English are going up to £6m next season and of course the French are pushing £10m per club. Wales are cutting back from this season’s limit of £5m, but compare this to Glasgow’s pot of £4.2m and Edinburgh’s of £3.8m for this season just ended. Despite having just two pro clubs, the SRU has landed itself in a hole and others are left to clear up the outgoing man’s mess. The old adage of income is vanity, profit is sanity could have been written for the state of Scottish rugby. And that’s even before we address the issue of the crumbling wreck that is Murrayfield and contrast it with the likes of Twickenham and the Millennium. I remember sitting in that east stand when it was first built – over forty years ago.

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    • Can you share where you got those figures from please? SRU accounts stated £25.68M on professional rugby alone. Slight more expensive than your measly £8M. There is a clue in the article when it says out two pro sides are only exceeded by Leinster’s spend.

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    • According to SR’s own published, audited data, those stated costs for Edinburgh & Glasgow proteams are incorrect, Sonsie.

      In the most recently reported FY (22-23) the aggregate net expenditure – equivalent to a net operating deficit for those two cost centres – was £15.169 million.

      Dice it or slice it whichever way you wish between the two teams – the impression is that of unsustainability within the current economic environment at EH12.

  17. On a personal level, it is always sad when good people, through little or no fault of their own lose their jobs. That said, one or two mini-empires within Murrayfield need to be broken up. Needs must.

    I certainly know which particular name would be top of my list for the chop.

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    • It was always a struggle to see why being an SRU employee elicited a higher salary than the equivalent in any other organisation I got fed up being told that it was because it was the national sports body. At one meeting the regional team actually published the fact that an equivalent of one of their team had spent the entire year in the car (assuming no speed limits broken) and yet was paid handsomely for this as was the whole team.

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  18. In some respects it’s a surprise it’s taken this long. Year end is 31 May I think. Given the shape of last season with 2 home games and WC it was always going to be a tough ask to reduce the deficit. TBF exiting CEO and FD haven’t helped.

    As the old saying goes – the best time to start was yesterday. The next best time is now.

    Mr McGuigan reminds me of various football chairman who seem to think it’s other people’s role to drop cash into their glaring income over costs deficit. My advice for what it’s worth. You can only wee with the appendage you have. The sooner that lesson is learned at Murrayfield the better.

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  19. The problem is that SRU are over paying people like John Fletcher who is in neighbour of probably £120k per year. And does bugger all by the looks of it, except annoy people. There are so many people SRU that should not employed and unfortunately Murrayfield has very much become a ‘jobs for the boys’ organisation.

    They have been so quick to cut funding ie super series and cut funding offered to coaches to run the PDH programmes… so in short it’s the people who are already getting a small piece of the pie who get an even smaller piece rather than cutting from the ones who get too much to do nothing.

    There needs to be more funding and investment offered to grass roots and the club game as they are the ones who keep the game going out with the Scotland National Team. Be interesting to see who gets cut but history tells me it won’t be the right people. I hope I’m wrong.

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    • Agreed. Last time a “staff reduction scheme” was announced, the outcome was that a few secretaries and clerical employees got cleeked….

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